Socrates’ 23 Most Important Quotes That Everyone Needs To Read

Socrates was a Greek philosopher born in Athens, Greece, around 470 BC. He maintained that the society can become much better with the help of philosophy, and his special personality and wisdom had an immense influence on the Western Logic.

He was admired a lot, but his work threatened many as well, so he died by a hemlock poison in 399BC, at the time of the political changes in his country.

Yet, his credo and words remain until the present day, and here are 25 quotes of this great mind:

  1.  “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.”
  2.  “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”
  3. “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
  4. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”
  5. “The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. ”
  6. “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
  7. “Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
  8. “Once made equal to man, a woman becomes his superior.”
  9. “The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.”
  10. “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
  11. “Nothing is to be preferred before justice.”
  12.  “I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.”
  13.  “They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.”
  14. “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.”
  15. “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
  16. “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”
  17.  “In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.”
  18.  “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.”
  19. “Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.”
  20. “Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are.”
  21. “Call no man unhappy until he is married.”
  22. “An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”
  23.  “Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”