quotes of socrates

Top 10 Quotes of Socrates

Socrates was born 470 years before Christ in Athens, an ancient city in Greece. He never gave his education the form of a book. Much of his talk comes from his two great disciples, Plato and Xenophon. 

His ideas are considered to be the foundation of western philosophy and logic. The public was so much influenced by his ideas that the monarchy of Athens started to fear him and he was killed by poisoning him in 399 BC. 

He had already received information about his murder, but instead of running away, it was more appropriate to die while facing the evil forces.

Top 10 Quotes of Socrates

 Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

 It is not living that matters, but living rightly.

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

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.

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

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.

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.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.

They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.

Death of Socrates

The monarchy of Athens was horrified by Socrates' views and was arrested on charges of treason. He was prosecuted and the jury hearing the trial considered him guilty of treason by 280 votes against 221. The public was completely with Socrates. 

Out of this fear, the jury was asked to drink the cup of poison instead of directly giving death penalty. Socrates' friends joined the guards by bribing them. He tried to persuade Socrates to leave Athens instead of drinking a cup of poison and flee elsewhere.

Socrates refused, stating that he was not afraid of death, that he felt that it was better than exile to set an example of being a loyal citizen of Athens, ready to follow his laws. Socrates drank the hemlock mixture without hesitation, a type of poison. Before his last breath, Socrates described his death as the release of the soul from the body.