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Socrates Quote of the Day

Welcome to these Socrates Quotes of the Day from my large collection of positive, romantic, and funny quotes.

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

Related topics: Wisdom Inspirational Values Live-By Gratitude Simple Simplicity

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi) PHOTO

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
- Socrates PHOTO

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

 

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

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

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates


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Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

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

He is richest who is content with the least.
- Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

Worthless people live only to eat and drink;
people of worth eat and drink only to live.
- Socrates

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

The shortest and surest way to
live with honor in the world,
is to be in reality
what we would appear to be.
- Socrates

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
- Socrates

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- Socrates

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

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

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.
- Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

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

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

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

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

One who is injured ought not to return the injury,
for on no account can it be right to do an injustice;
and it is not right to return an injury,
or to do evil to any man,
however much we have suffered from him.
- Socrates

If a man is proud of his wealth,
he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates

All men's souls are immortal,
but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
- Socrates

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.
- Socrates

By all means marry.
If you get a good wife, you'll be happy.
If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher
and that is a good thing for any man.
- Socrates

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man
take which course he will,
he will be sure to repent.
- Socrates

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
- Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
- Socrates

The end of life is to be like God,
and the soul following God will be like Him.
- Socrates

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

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

Our prayers should be for blessings in general,
for God knows best what is good for us.
- Socrates

False words are not only evil in themselves,
but they infect the soul with evil.
- Socrates

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

Where there is reverence there is fear,
but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear,
because fear presumably has a wider
extension than reverence.
- Socrates

My advice to you is get married:
if you find a good wife you'll be happy;
if not, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
- Socrates

Beauty is the bait which with delight
allures man to enlarge his kind.
- Socrates

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

I only wish that ordinary people
had an unlimited capacity for doing harm;
then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
- Socrates

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list
of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben

The person who has lived the most is not the one with
the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

What's great about this country is that America started
the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially
the same things as the poorest.
- Andy Warhol

Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had.
To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away.
I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the
richest man in the world.
- Ted Turner

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact,
than the richest without meaning.
- John Ruskin

It is the nature of truth in general,
as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.
- Edgar Allan Poe

George Liquor is really the richest character I have.
I'm amazed there aren't 365 episodes about him on TV already.
- John Kricfalusi

As a means of contrast with the sublime,
the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
- Victor Hugo

The Greatest Generation got to save old tires,
dig a Victory Garden and forgo sugar.
The Richest Generation is being asked to shop.
- Margaret Carlson

It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology -
the richest king who gets everything he wants,
but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods.
- Martin Scorsese

Some of the most miserable people I know are some of
the richest people in America,
they are the most miserable individuals I've ever seen.
- Chuck Norris

I come from a district where the veterans are not the richest in the country.
- Corrine Brown

Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes
list of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben

My job is to provide the president with the richest possible consideration,
so that he knows what is at stake in whatever decision he makes.
- Leon Kass

The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that
of all the opportunities to show differences in character,
surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest.
- Anne Tyler

The lurking suspicion that something could be simplified
is the world's richest source of rewarding challenges.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I'm a schoolteacher.
That's even worse than being an intellectual.
Schoolteachers are not only comic, they're often cold
and hungry in this richest land on earth.
- Joseph L. Mankiewicz

What, other than injustice, could be the reason that
the displaced citizens of New Orleans cannot be accommodated
by the richest nation in the world?
- Wynton Marsalis

When you have 13 horns, and one is soloing,
you have 12 people to play the richest,
fullest chord you could ever imagine behind that solo.
- Carla Bley

That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest
number of noble and happy human beings.
- John Ruskin

There is just no reason why the richest nation in the
world can't provide health care to all its people.
- Christine Gregoire


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