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Top 10 Socrates Quotations

top 10 quotations by Socrates

Socrates (circa 470–399 BCE) was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. Unlike other pre-Socratic philosophers, Socrates didn't leave any written records. Much of what we know about him and his teachings has been passed down through the writings of his students, especially Plato and Xenophon. Socrates was renowned for his method of questioning, later termed the 'Socratic method', which sought to expose contradictions in one's beliefs and promote critical thinking. His unyielding commitment to the pursuit of truth and ethical virtues, and his challenge to the Athenian status quo, led to his trial and subsequent execution by drinking hemlock.

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

"There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance." Socrates

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

"He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it." Socrates

"Wonder is the beginning of wisdom." Socrates

"To move the world we must move ourselves." Socrates

"An unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"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." Socrates

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." Socrates

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

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