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Socrates (469 BC–399 BC) was a classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, he is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon, and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes.

Often referred to as one of the wisest men to have ever lived, Socrates sought to use philosophy as a way to discover how we should live if we were to be truly fulfilled and successful human beings.

 

 "I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates." ~ Steve Jobs

 

Socrates Quotes

Self-Improvement

The unexamined life is not worth living.

Create Your Life Vision

Know thyself.

To find yourself, think for yourself.

Be as you wish to seem.

We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.

4 WHYs of True Success

I know you won't believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.

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

Thank not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.

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.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

You should eat to live; not live to eat.

An honest man is always a child.

Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of – for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

Knowledge, Learning

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.

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

The Wheel of Personal Success

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

Every action has its pleasures and its price.

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.

The Three Socratic Principles

The three principles described below are the basis of all of Socrates teachings. Socrates advocated self-understanding and felt so strongly about it that he deemed it more important than any other pursuit in life. These principles are what Socrates thought were the most important goals of philosophy.2

1. The unexamined life is not worth living

It is extremely important to know who you are and what you are trying to become. It is necessary to lead a responsible and fully awake life. If you don't try to figure out who you are and what you believe then you are content to just exist and what's the point in that? What is the worth in your existence?

"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

2. Care for your soul

The most important task in life is caring for your soul. Your soul is the real person, who you really are. It is the center of your character and what makes you who you are. It is the basis of your thoughts, feelings, values, and decisions.

The most important task you face is realizing your potential as a person, who you are. The state of your soul makes you either foolish or wise. Just like the body, the soul should be kept healthy.  An unhealthy soul is ignorant of the true priorities in life. You can keep your soul healthy by introspection and ridding yourself of ignorance.

"He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature." ~ Socrates

3. A good person cannot be harmed by other people

If your soul is good, then outside forces cannot not harm you. If the most important part of you is your soul and the soul is not physical but inward then it cannot be harmed. The body may be harmed by another person, but the soul cannot unless you allow yourself to become susceptible to others. Search constantly for wisdom by way of practicing self-evaluation if you wish your soul to be liberated from outside harm.

"Envy is the ulcer of the soul." ~ Socrates

Socratic Method

The Socratic method is a major contribution to Western thought.  Socrates applied his dialectic method of inquiry largely to the examination of key moral concepts such as the Good and Justice.

"To solve a problem, it would be broken down into a series of questions, the answers to which gradually distill the answer a person would seek. The influence of this approach is most strongly felt today in the use of the scientific method, in which hypothesis is the first stage. The development and practice of this method is one of Socrates' most enduring contributions, and is a key factor in earning his mantle as the father of political philosophy, ethics or moral philosophy, and as a figurehead of all the central themes in Western philosophy."1... More

 

 
   

 

References:

  1. Wikipedia

  2. Socrates's Teachings: Three Socratic Principles, Phantom Rose