Socrates Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old socrates quotes, socrates sayings, and socrates proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Eat to live, not live to eat.      

Socrates

May the outward and inward man be at one.      

Socrates

People learn more on their own rather than being force fed.      

Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.     

Socrates

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?      

Socrates

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

Socrates

To find yourself, think for yourself.     

Socrates

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.     

Socrates

An 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

It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.     

Socrates

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.     

Socrates

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

Socrates

To find yourself, think for yourself.      

Socrates

The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.     

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

To find yourself, think for yourself.     

Socrates

Let him that would move the world first move himself.     

Socrates

Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.     

Socrates

The hottest love has the coldest end.     

Socrates

No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.     

Socrates

He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.     

Socrates

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

Socrates

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new     

Socrates

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

Socrates

To find yourself, think for yourself.     

Socrates

The hottest love has the coldest end.     

Socrates

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.     

Socrates

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

Socrates