Socrates was a popular Greek philosopher who lived between 5 th and 4 th century BC. He is widely considered as the founder of Western Philosophy and mentor of students like Xenophon and Plato. The dialogues and quotes from Socrates, particularly the ones that provide hints to survive from antiquity, can be inferred from the dialogues of Plato. The concepts highlighted by Socrates, in the form of questions and answers are noteworthy because they encourage us to decipher the fundamentals of the issue we are dealing with.
The approach and ideas that Socrates had in his lifetime has shaped up the Western Philosophy as we see it today. A majority of his philosophies, which is understood as the “elenchus method” or “Socratic method” in the Western thoughts, are mainly based on moral concepts including justice and good.
Popular quotes from Socrates:
1. “As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”
Meaning: Whilst it is possible for all of us to have our own opinions, the fact is that we hardly know anything. We only know what is told to us or what we see.
2. “All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”
Meaning: If you want to be remembered even after you are gone, you need to do good things. When you do good things and your soul is clean, you will become divine. The choice to be good or bad is left to you.
3. “Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.”
Meaning: Though this quote was said long time back, its meaning is valid till today. Today’s kids are hard to control and get on easily with things they like. Kids of today are not used to hard work and have embraced technology like fish to water. At the end of it all, children cannot be blamed for their situation, as the entire blame has to be on their parents and teachers that guide them.
4. “By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”
Meaning: If you end up marrying a woman who always complains or mistreats you then you will start becoming wiser and end up being a philosopher. However, when you marry a righteous woman, you will feel settled and happy.
5. “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”
Meaning: Saying truth always pays. It is never a good situation to be in after being caught telling a lie. By telling a lie you will not only end up hurting the person or thing you are lying on, you will also end up hurting your soul.
6. “Be as you wish to seem.”
Meaning: If you wish to see yourself in a certain way, act in that way. Pretending to be a person you are not; will not help you in any way.