Famous Socrates Quotes

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

To live well and honourably and justly are the same thing.

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

To find yourself, think for yourself.

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.

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

To fear death is nothing other than to think oneself wise when one is not. For it is to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not even turn out to be the greatest blessings of human beings. And yet people fear it as if they knew for certain it is the greatest evil.

Be of good cheer about death and know this as a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death

The soul is pure when it leaves the body and drags nothing bodily with it, by virtue of having no willing association with the body in life but avoiding it…….Practicing philosophy in the right way is a training to die easily.

The wise man seeks death all his life, and for this reason death is not terrifying to him.

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. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?

It is not difficult to avoid death. It is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death.

This sense of wonder is the mark of the philosopher. Philosophy indeed has no other origin.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

Besides, it is a shame to let yourself grow old through neglect before seeing how you can develop the maximum beauty and strength of body; and you can have this experience if your are negligent, because these things don’t normally happen by themselves.

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

An honest man is always a child.

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

To live well and honourably and justly are the same thing.

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

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

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

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

I know what I do not know.

Knowledge is our ultimate good.

You think that upon the score of fore-knowledge and divining I am infinitely inferior to the swans. When they perceive approaching death they sing more merrily than before, because of the joy they have in going to the God they serve.

Whatever authority I may have rests solely on knowing how little I know.