Socrates’ 25 Most Important Quotes That Everyone Needs To Read

Socrates was one of the wisest philosophers from Ancient Greece. With his logic, he was able to influence Western culture. What’s wonderful is that his words are still influencing people today. Not everything is known about him, and some major events remain a mystery till this day, but we are sure that he possessed a special personality.

His passion for a better society is felt within his quotes. Because of his forward views and the way he thought out-of-the-box, he was feared by man. Socrates wasn’t afraid to express his views on how he sees the world, and the power of the human being. His life came to an end after some political changes in Greece, and eventually died by a hemlock poison in 399 B.C.

However, his philosophy still lives, and here is a list of 25 of his most important quotes.

Prepare to be inspired…

1. “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
2. “The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. ”
3. “I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.”
4. “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
5. “They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.”

6. “I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.”
7. “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.”
8. “In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.”
9. “Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.”
10. “Nothing is to be preferred before justice.”
11. “Call no man unhappy until he is married.”
12. “I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
13. “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
14. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”
15. “Once made equal to man, a woman becomes his superior.”

16. “The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.”
17. “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”
18. “An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”
19. “Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.”
20. “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”

21. “Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”
22. “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
23. “Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
24. “Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.”
25. “Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are.”

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