Socrates is considered the father of philosophy and everything we know about him comes from the records of his disciples Plato and Xenophon.
The great Master and his sayings are significant not just for philosophers and intellectuals, but even to everyday people like you and me because of their simplicity and relevance to our daily life.
Here are a few of the most important of his thoughts, in no particular order:
“The mind is everything; what you think you become.”
“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us”
“Understanding a question is half an answer”
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
“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.”
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
Socrates Timeless Quotes
Published: 6th November 2020.