Top 10 Socrates Quotes

Socrates(469-399 BC) was a Greek philosopher, and also known as the father of Western philosophy. His most famous students were Plato, who taught Aristotle.

Here are Socrates’ top ten quotes:

I.

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.

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II.

Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all their answers.

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III.

 Those who are hardest to love, need it the most.

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IV.

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

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V.

Know thyself.

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VI.

In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.

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VII.

Nature has give us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak. 

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VIII.

Be as you wish to seem.

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IX.

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

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X.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

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Thank you Socrates!

Interesting Facts:

  • Socrates was a stonemason like his father before he studied philosophy.
  • He was once a foot soldier who fought in the Peloponnesian war against Sparta.
  • He was sentenced to death for his radical ideas, but instead of escaping, he faced his charge.
  • He died from drinking poison hemlock.

What are some of your favorite Socrates quotes or facts?

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