20 Best Quotes by Socrates- The Father of Western Philosophy

The great Greek philosopher, Socrates, is known to the world as the father of Western Philosophy. Everything that we know about the man is through the works of his students- Plato, Aristophanes, and Xenophone, who wrote intensively about his life and his ideas. Socrates devised a method based on logic and reason through which he questioned his students and other individuals in order to develop critical thinking. This method used for finding the truth is known as the Socratic Method. Let’s have a look at some of the best quotes by Socrates in this article.

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1. Socrates believed that all evil is the result of ignorance. 

2. He believed in the sovereignty of justice. 

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4. No massive change is possible if individuals refuse to change themselves. 

5. Socrates believed in the supremacy of the soul (conscience) over the body. 

6. To be wealthy is to be content!

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

8. It’s a win-win situation! 

9. It is more important to observe than to blabber without observing. 

10. Friendship is prone to risks, please read all the documents before you venture into it. Once you do, keep it steady. 

11. He had a lot under his sleeves, unfortunately, diplomacy was not one of them. 

12. Repentance is the only constant. When it comes to humans, complete

happiness is a myth.

13. Desire and hate, both are really strong emotions. When passions run high, it’s easy for hatred to take over.

14. The more you read, the more you know. 

15. Death is indeed a blessing for us erring and caring humans. 

16. You never know what the other person might be going through. Be kind.

17. Honesty is a virtue that adults lack. 

18. The only man to acknowledge the truth that he knows nothing! It’s true, we all know nothing. 

19. Pretence is a quality that honourable people possess. 

20. Gluttony is a vice, don’t be hankering. 

These quotes by Socrates are indeed life-changing. Which of these quotes did you find the best? Do let us know in the comments section.

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