Socrates Quotes about Self

The unexamined life is not worth living.

To find yourself, think for yourself.

Know thyself.

Be as you wish to seem.

An unexamined faith is not worth having.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

An honest man is always a child.

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

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

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

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

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.

Every action has its pleasures and its price.

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice.

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what we need.

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

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

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

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

Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of.

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

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

He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.

Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.

To be is to do.

Let him who would move the world, first move himself.

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

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

Smart people learn from everything and everyone. Average people from their experiences. Stupid people already have all the answers.

Every one of us is wise actually. The door is open, some people just stand in front of it.

True wisdom begins when you accept your own ignorance.

The only thing I know is that I know nothing.

The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

Let us be kind, one to another.

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

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

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.

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

Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter; whoever finds one has found a treasure.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

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