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You can look at Socrates quotes for advice on life, wisdom, morality, and even death. You can learn about his contribution to philosophy, his views, and the Socratic Method if you continue reading.

Socrates

Socrates, the Philosopher

Socrates lived from 469-399 B.C. in Greece. He is considered one of the greatest philosophers of all time, and yet he reminded people often that he knew nothing. He actually wrote none of his teachings down, but many of the things he said were recorded by others. Many of the Socrates quotes we are familiar with are found in the writings of Plato.

Socrates felt very strongly that you must do what you think is right no matter what. He also believed that the pursuit of knowledge should be a major component of your life. Knowledge is power, but many times those who say what they believe suffer dire consequences. Socrates was arrested and convicted of corrupting youth and interfering with religion, and was executed. The method of execution was to drink hemlock.

The Socratic Method

Socrates felt that throughout your life, you needed to know yourself, to figure out whom you are and what you really want to do. He believed your soul was your core, the center of all you are, and could not be changed by outside forces. He also felt the pursuit of knowledge was imperative to living a full and happy life.

In the Socratic Method, there are questions and answers designed to delve into the heart of a matter and reach the truth. It brings about critical thinking and guides the student to knowledge instead of just imparting knowledge on the student. It is sometimes referred to as “guided questioning”.

The real purpose of this method is not to define concepts. It is to improve the student and his understanding. It forces the student to open his mind to all possibilities. It can lead a student to think in a different way that will boost his confidence and bring about more knowledge and understanding. Lastly, it helps the student to think for him or herself, which can have lasting and far-reaching consequences.

Socrates Quotes

Following is a sampling of Socrates quotes pertaining to knowledge, life, marriage, friendship, souls and immortality, and death.

Knowledge:

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

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

Life:

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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

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

“It is not living that matters, but living rightly.”

“One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.”

Marriage:

“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.”

Friendship:

“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”

Souls and Immortality:

“All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”

“The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.”

Death:

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”

The following were Socrates' final words of a speech given to the court after being sentenced to death:

“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways -- I to die and you to live. Which is the better, only God knows?”