Socrates' Quotes you need to Know before 40

Socrates' Quotes you need to Know before 40

“But already it is time to depart, for me to die, for you to go on living; which of us takes the better course, is concealed from anyone except God.”


“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”


“Be as you wish to seem.”


“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”


“He who has lived as a true philosopher has reason to be of good cheer when he is about to die, and that after death he may hope to receive the greatest good in the other world.”


“I don't care what people say about me. I do care about my mistakes.”


“Wisdom begins in wonder.”


“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”


“To find yourself, think for yourself.”


“Understanding a question is half an answer.”


“Better to do a little well, then a great deal badly.”


“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”


“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”


“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.”


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”


“Wealth does not bring about excellence (aka areté), but excellence (aka areté) brings about wealth and all other public and private blessings for men.”


“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”


“Knowing thyself is the height of wisdom.”


“One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.”


“I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the world.”


“There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.”


“To move the world we must move ourselves.”


“To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.”


“Nobody knows what death is, nor whether to man it is perchance the greatest of blessings, yet people fear it as if they surely knew it to be the worse of evils.”


“The cure of many diseases remains unknown to the physicians of Hellos (Greece) because they do not study the whole person.”


“Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth”


“If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all”


“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training... what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”


“It is possible that a man could live twice as long if he didn't spend the first half of his life acquiring habits that shortens the other half”


“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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