Socrates’ 25 Most Important Quotes That Everyone Needs To Read

Socrates is categorized in the smartest people in the world, and he was born around 470 BC in Athens, Greece. He was a philosopher who influenced the Western philosophy as well as logic. Researches showed that even though he is famous philosopher there is little to know about him, about his special personality and philosophy.

His statement was that philosophy would help the society become better, which caused different meaning in a lot of people who admired him, but there were also many who felt threatened by his work and him.

Unfortunately, because of the changes in Politics in Greece, he died of a hemlock poison in 399 BC.

Nevertheless, because of his work, his philosophy still lives, and we offer you a list of 25 of his most powerful quotes:

1st “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

2nd “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.”

3rd “The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.”

4th “They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.”

5th “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.”

6th “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”

7th “I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing well.”

8th “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.”

9th “In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.”

10thCall no man unhappy until he is married.”

11th “Nothing is to be preferred before justice.”

12th “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”

13th “I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

14th “Once made equal to man, a woman becomes his superior.”

15th “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”

16th “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”

17th “The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.”

18th “Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.”

19th “An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”

20th “Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”

21st “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”

22nd “Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”

23rd “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

24th “Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are.”

25th “Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.”