131 Socrates Inspirational Quotes (Ageless Wisdom)

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Best Socrates Inspirational Quotes

An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.Pin

Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates

To find yourself think for yourself. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.Pin

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates

Education is the kindling of a flame not the filling of a vessel.Pin

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Socrates

He who is not a good servant will not be a good master. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

He who is not a good servant will not be a good master. Socrates

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.Pin

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

Contentment is natural wealth luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Contentment is natural wealth; luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates

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

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

To move the world we must move ourselves. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

To move the world, we must first move ourselves. Socrates

Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.Pin

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Socrates

Employ your time in improving yourself by other mens writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. Socrates Socrates Inspirational Quotes

Our prayers should be for blessings in general for God knows best what is good for us.Pin

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. Socrates

I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. 1Pin

I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. Socrates

An honest man is always a child.Pin

An honest man is always a child. Socrates

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

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

By all means marry. If you get a good wife youll become happy if you get a bad one youll become a philosopher. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. Socrates

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.Pin

The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance. Socrates
Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of.Pin
Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of. Socrates

Envy is the ulcer of the soul. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Envy is the ulcer of the soul. Socrates

Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in continue firm and constant.Pin

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness which is a divine gift. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift. Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.Pin

I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think. Socrates

He is a man of courage who does not run away but remains at his post and fights against the enemy. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy. Socrates

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.Pin

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. Socrates

Once made equal to man woman becomes his superior. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your hearts desire the other is to get it.Pin

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it. Socrates

Uncovering the Essence of Socrates’ Quotes

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them. Socrates

Prefer knowledge to wealth for the one is transitory the other perpetual.Pin

Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual. Socrates

I pray Thee O God that I may be beautiful within. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within. Socrates

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

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

An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.Pin

An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all. Socrates Socrates Inspirational Quotes

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore, avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. Socrates

Not life but good life is to be chiefly valued.Pin

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. Socrates

 

There is only one good knowledge and one evil ignorance. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. Socrates

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. 1Pin

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

 

Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates

Worthless people live only to eat and drink people of worth eat and drink only to live.Pin

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.Pin

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates

No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods. Socrates

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Socrates

If a man is proud of his wealth he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.Pin

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. Socrates

As to marriage or celibacy let a man take which course he will he will be sure to repent. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent. Socrates

Where there is reverence there is fear but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence.Pin

Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence. Socrates

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion most people would be contented to take their own and depart. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. Socrates

I am the wisest man alive for I know one thing and that is that I know nothing.Pin

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates

Beauty is a short lived tyranny. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. Socrates

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

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

Be as you wish to seem. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Be as you wish to seem. Socrates

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.Pin

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. Socrates

It is not living that matters but living rightly. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

It is not living that matters, but living rightly. Socrates

All mens souls are immortal but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.Pin

All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine. Socrates

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. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

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. Socrates

False words are not only evil in themselves but they infect the soul with evil.Pin

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. Socrates

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.Pin

To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Socrates

 

He is richest who is content with the least for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates

Employ your time in improving yourself by other mens writings so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. Socrates

 

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any manPin

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him. Socrates

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. Socrates

Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.Pin

Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind. Socrates

Inspirational Wisdom from Socrates Quotes

The end of life is to be like God and the soul following God will be like Him. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him. Socrates

Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dyingPin

Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death. Socrates

 

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. Socrates

 

Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.Pin

Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me. Socrates

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. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

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. Socrates Socrates Inspirational Quotes

Know thyself.Pin

Know thyself. Socrates

He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates

They are not only idle who do nothing but they are idle also who might be better employed.Pin

They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed. Socrates

 

How many are the things I can do without! Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

How many are the things I can do without! Socrates

See one promontory one mountain one sea one river and see all.Pin

See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all. Socrates

When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under thePin

When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this very violent motion, and is called love. Socrates

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. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

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. Socrates

In childhood be modest in youth temperate in adulthood just and in old age prudent.Pin

In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent. Socrates

We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime. Socrates

Nothing is to be preferred before justice.Pin

Nothing is to be preferred before justice. Socrates

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close like light and shadow. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow. Socrates

I am not an Athenian nor a Greek but a citizen of the world.Pin

I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Socrates

Call no man unhappy until he is married.Pin

Call no man unhappy until he is married. Socrates

Happiness is unrepentant pleasure. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Happiness is unrepentant pleasure. Socrates

No man undertakes a trade he has not learned even the meanest yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades that of government. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government. Socrates

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. 1Pin

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. Socrates

The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.Pin

The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be. Socrates

Enjoy yourself its later than you think. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin

Enjoy yourself — it’s later than you think. Socrates

Once made equal to man woman becomes his superior.Pin

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. Socrates Inspirational QuotesPin
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. Socrates

The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.Pin

The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor. Socrates

The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.Pin

The fewer our wants, the more we resemble the gods. Socrates

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your hearts desire the other is to get it. 1Pin

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it. Socrates

A multitude of books distracts the mind.Pin

A multitude of books distracts the mind. Socrates

Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certainPin

Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth. Socrates

Famous Quotes from Socrates

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways I to die, and you to live. Which is better Only God knows.Pin

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows. Socrates

To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death mayPin

To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. Socrates

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions but those who kindly reprove thy faults.Pin

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults. Socrates

Give me beauty in the inward soul may the outward and the inward man be at one.Pin

Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one. Socrates

He is rich who is content with the least for contentment is the wealth of nature.Pin

He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature. Socrates Socrates Inspirational Quotes

Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.Pin

Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of. Socrates

Every action has its pleasures and its price.Pin

Every action has its pleasures and its price. Socrates

 

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

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

Bad men live that they may eat and drink whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.Pin

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live. Socrates

Are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soulPin

Are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul? Socrates

We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.Pin

We cannot live better than in seeking to become better. Socrates

Smart people learn from everything and everyone average people from their experiences stupid people already have all the answers.Pin

Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers. Socrates

No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.Pin

No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. Socrates

Silence is a profound melody for those who can hear it above all the noise.Pin

Silence is a profound melody, for those who can hear it above all the noise. Socrates

If you don’t get what you want, you suffer if you get what you don’t want, you suffer even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold onPin

If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality. Socrates

There are two kinds of disease of the soul vice and ignorance.Pin

There are two kinds of disease of the soul, vice and ignorance. Socrates

Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out but to see who cares enough to break them down.Pin

Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down. Socrates

Strong minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events weak minds discuss people.Pin

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people. Socrates

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

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

When the debate is lost slander becomes the tool of the loser.Pin

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. Socrates

 

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners contempt for authority they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.Pin

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Socrates

Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen.Pin

Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen. Socrates

Get not your friends by bare compliments but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.Pin

Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love. Socrates

Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.Pin

Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle. Socrates

All wars are fought for the acquisition of wealth.Pin

All wars are fought for the acquisition of wealth. Socrates

Thou shouldst eat to live not live to eat.Pin

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. Socrates

If you want to be a good saddler saddle the worst horse for if you can tame one you can tame all.Pin

If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all. Socrates Socrates Inspirational Quotes

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

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

Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are.Pin

Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are. Socrates

Understanding a question is half the answer.Pin

Understanding a question is half the answer. Socrates

The greatest way to live with honorr in this world is to be what we pretend to be.Pin

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

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.Pin

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Socrates

The years wrinkle our skin but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles our soul.Pin

The years wrinkle our skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles our soul. Socrates

The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.Pin

The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion. Socrates

The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others but to be improving yourselves.Pin

The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves. Socrates

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

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

Through your rags I see your vanity.Pin

Through your rags I see your vanity. Socrates

Navigating Virtue in a Digital World: Unraveling Socratic Wisdom in the Age of Technology

In the bustling landscape of the digital age, where the virtual realm intersects with our daily lives, the pursuit of virtue faces both unprecedented challenges and remarkable opportunities. Socrates, the ancient philosopher revered for his unwavering commitment to truth and wisdom, might seem like an unlikely guide in the labyrinth of the internet. However, the essence of Socratic principles holds a timeless relevance that, when applied judiciously, can illuminate the path through the complexities of the technology-driven world.

One of Socrates’ central tenets was the relentless examination of oneself—a commitment to understanding one’s own beliefs and values. In the digital era, where opinions flood our screens and echo chambers thrive, this Socratic introspection becomes a beacon of light. It prompts us to question the information we encounter, encouraging a discerning mindset in the face of the deluge of data. The Socratic call to self-examination acts as a safeguard against the pitfalls of echo chambers and groupthink, fostering intellectual independence in a landscape often dominated by conformity.

Yet, challenges persist. The digital age is marred by a cacophony of voices, often overshadowing genuine knowledge with misinformation and superficiality. Socratic irony, the art of feigning ignorance to stimulate critical thinking, emerges as a potent tool in this context. By questioning assumptions and prompting others to defend their ideas, we can cut through the noise and hone in on meaningful, substantive discourse. Socratic irony challenges the status quo, inviting us to engage in conversations that transcend surface-level debates and contribute to a collective pursuit of genuine knowledge.

Information overload is a modern affliction, and Socratic wisdom offers a remedy. Socrates advocated for the prioritization of quality over quantity in the pursuit of knowledge. In the digital age, where the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming, embracing Socratic ideals means sifting through the noise to find reliable sources, fostering a more intentional and focused approach to learning.

In conclusion, as we navigate the digital landscape, Socratic principles act as a compass, guiding us through the challenges and opportunities that arise in the pursuit of virtue. By cultivating a mindset of self-examination, employing Socratic irony in our interactions, and prioritizing quality over quantity in our consumption of information, we can harness the timeless wisdom of Socrates to navigate the complexities of the technology-driven world with discernment and integrity.

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