Socrates Was One Of The Smartest People Who Ever Lived. Here Are 24 Out Of His Most Important Quotes That Everyone Needs To Read

Socrates Was One Of The Smartest People Ever Lived. Here Are 24 Out Of His Most Important Quotes That Everyone Needs To Read

Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato's dialogues are among the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity.

Socrates Was One Of The Smartest People Ever Lived. Here Are 24 Out Of His Most Important Quotes That Everyone Needs To Read

Through his portrayal in Plato's dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus. The latter remains a commonly used tool in a wide range of discussions, and is a type of pedagogy in which a series of questions is asked not only to draw individual answers, but also to encourage fundamental insight into the issue at hand. Plato's Socrates also made important and lasting contributions to the field of epistemology, and the influence of his ideas and approach remains a strong foundation for much western philosophy that followed.

Let us remember his wisdom by reading 24 famous quotes of his:

1) “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

2) “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

3) “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

4) “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”

5) “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

6) “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

7) “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.”

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

9) “If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

10) “Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

11) “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

12) “To find yourself, think for yourself.”

13) “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

14) “Know thyself.”

15) “Let him who would move the world first move himself.”

16) “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

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

18) “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

19) “Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”

20) “understanding a question is half an answer”

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

22) “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

23) “To be is to do”

24) “The mind is everything; what you think you become”

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  1. If you look into his military background he was also quite the badass, even the day he died he had no fear. Great man, ahead of his time.

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  2. If you look into his military background he was also quite the badass, even the day he died he had no fear. Great man, ahead of his time.

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  3. The "I am not Athenian…." quote is attributed to Diogenes the cynical (of Sinope). It is highly unlikely that Socrates that died in alignment with his Athenian citizenship and laws, had said that.

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  4. Surely, the "I am not Athenian" quote, as Iasonas rightly states, was not Socratic! Do not believe everything that you see posted in the Internet guys! Apart from not having written anything himself, as all we know of him has come down to us through Plato's works, Socrates never said any such thing, as he not only believed in his Athenian Citizenry, but he also died true to it after his Trial. He was given the choice to either live in exile or to take the hemlock. He chose the latter, stating that he wanted to die as an Athenian citizen. Having said that, Ι highly recommend that those who feel themselves to be "citizens of the world" visit the areas controlled by the Islamic State to openly practice their "citizen" rights.... And something else: Plato uses Socrates in his dialogues to promote citizenship in his exclusive City State model of his renowned work The Republic; hardly a cosmopolitan environment. Being well-informed and educated on these issues requires hard work and erudite study through the original sources! The "world citizen" thing is insidiously being peddled here and there to serve other purposes....

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  5. He also said, "Always question quotes you read on the internet."

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  6. Complete nonsense! None of these are actual quotes according to Plato, & many are ideas that belong to others.

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  8. 5 is by Ian Maclaren
    6 is by Eleanor Roosevelt
    9 is by Dan Millman
    10 is unsure
    14 is pre-socratic from Luxor in Ancient Egypt
    17 is by Dan Millman(he wrote a book where he created a chc called Socrates)
    22 attributed to different thinkers
    23 this was written for comedic purposes, not an actual quote
    24 is stupid, wrongly often attributed to Buddah and definitely not Socrates

    It's ironic that one of these quotes-actually by Socrates- states how ignorance is evil.

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    1. (http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/11/18/great-minds/)

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