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Quotes by Socrates - (25 quotes)

Socrates - From the Books category:

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

Socrates - From the Contentment category:

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

Socrates - From the Criticism category:

Why should I resent it when an ass kicks me? (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Difficulty category:

If all our 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)

Socrates - From the Envy category:

Envy is the ulcer of the soul. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Fame category:

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Friendship category:

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Gender category:

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)

Socrates - From the Goodness category:

For who is there but you? Who not only claim to be a good man and a gentleman, for many are this, and yet have not the power of making others good. Whereas you are not only good yourself, but also the cause of goodness in others. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Guidance category:

In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Knowledge category:

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

Socrates - From the Life category:

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Money category:

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

Socrates - From the Morality category:

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)

Socrates - From the Nature category:

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

Socrates - From the Philosophy category:

Philosophy begins with wonder. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Poetry category:

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)

Socrates - From the Possessions category:

What a lot of things there are a man can do without. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Prayer category:

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

Socrates - From the Recognition category:

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

Socrates - From the Seeing category:

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 - From the Teaching category:

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Truth category:

Death offers mankind a full view of truth. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Tyranny category:

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. (Socrates)

Socrates - From the Wisdom category:

Wisdom begins in wonder. (Socrates)