Socrates’ 25 Most Important Quotes That Everyone Needs To Read
The ancient philosophers represent the beginning of the modern ‘thought’ of humanity. The ancient philosophy represents the huge revolution in the way of thinking and acting of the average human. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle- everybody heard of them, and there is a good reason why. The ancient Greek philosophy brought bright and prosperous ideas that led humanity in the right direction. Probably the most important of them all in his own way- Socrates, is the ‘pioneer’ of the ancient Greek philosophy. He is known as one of the smartest people of his time and he was born and lived in Athens, Greece, during the time of the greatest glory of this great historical city.
Socrates was born around 470 BC and he influenced the Western Logic and played the major part in the building of the ‘essence’ of the ancient Greek education and judiciary system. On the other hand, Socrates possessed a brilliant personality and was extremely popular among the influential people in ancient Greece.
Socrates was a great teacher and he wanted to share his knowledge with the rest of the people and making great efforts to change the Greek society for the better. Actually, on the basis of his indoctrination, he believed that philosophy would help the society become better and secure a great progress. He sincerely believed in justice and had strong moral principles. However, many powerful people in Athens were threatened by him and did everything in their power to get rid of him. He was poisoned and died in 399 BC.
Socrates philosophy is still alive and not the Western Civilization, but the whole world, drains inspiration and great pieces of advice from his wise thoughts. There is a list of his 25 MOST IMPORTANT QUOTES:
1.“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
2. “The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. ”
3. “I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.”
4. “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
5. “They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.”
6. “I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.”
7. “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.”
8. “In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.”
9. “Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.”
10. “Nothing is to be preferred before justice.”
. “Call no man unhappy until he is married.”
12. “I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
13. “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
14. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”
15. “Once made equal to man, a woman becomes his superior.”
16. “The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.”
17. “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”
18. “An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”
19. “Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.”
20. “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”
21.“Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”
22. “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
23. “Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
24. “Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.”
25. “Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are.”
What do you think about these wise quotes? If we follow Socrates teachings, we could accomplish a lot on our self-improvement and certainly become more valuable for the society.
Socrates found a good way to express himself and his ideas, and even implement some of them in the ancient Greek world. His deeds will always be remembered and his teachings always taught.