SOCRATES Quotes

“I only know that I know nothing”

Socrates

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”

Socrates

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates
truth 

“I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort.From poets, I moved to artists. No one was more ignorant about the arts than I; no one was more convinced that artists possessed really beautiful secrets. However, I noticed that their condition was no better than that of the poets and that both of them have the same misconceptions. Because the most skillful among them excel in their specialty, they look upon themselves as the wisest of men. In my eyes, this presumption completely tarnished their knowledge. As a result, putting myself in the place of the oracle and asking myself what I would prefer to be — what I was or what they were, to know what they have learned or to know that I know nothing — I replied to myself and to the god: I wish to remain who I am.We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”

Socrates
truth 

“The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.”

Socrates
truth 

“Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?”

Socrates
truth 

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

Socrates
wisdom 

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates
wisdom 

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

Socrates
wisdom 

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”

Socrates
wisdom