The 20 Most Influential Socrates Quotes

Socrates influenced Plato, who influenced Aristotle, who influenced Alexander The Great. But more than that he has influenced Western thought. Our thoughts.


Ideas, aka quotes, that survive show they are practical. How do we know this? Not only the quotes survive, but more importantly, the people who use them and pass them to us have survived.


There are man forgotten philosophers. We remember Socrates quotes and ideas for a reason. The following Socrates quotes will show you why…

Socrates Quotes:


“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” – Socrates Quote


“Let him who would move the world first move himself.” – Socrates Quote


“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” – Socrates Quote


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


“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates Quote


“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” – Socrates Quote


“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” – Socrates Quote


“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates Quote


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Socrates Quote


“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” – Socrates Quote


“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates Quote


“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 Quote


“Know thyself.” – Socrates Quote


“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates Quote


“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 Quote


“Every action has its pleasures and its price.” – Socrates Quote


“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.” – Socrates Quote


“Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.” – Socrates Quote


“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” – Socrates Quote


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