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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

 

Words of Wisdom by Socrates: 1000 Wise Words of Wisdom about Life
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” — Socrates

 

Knowledge is power!

Knowledge is a key to wisdom!

Knowledge is limitless!

But alas, knowledge is but a mere belief in the facts, information, and skills acquired via education or experience. The only ultimate truth about knowledge is it’s not persistent.

As time has passed, old scientific findings have found their place in outdated journals, and new knowledge has taken over.

True wisdom, is knowing you know nothing, I believe, is basically a state of modesty. When you realize that any of your views could be debunked at any time, you’ve reached a certain degree of wisdom.

That doesn’t mean you stop following or acting on the current knowledge. It’s just that the more you know, the modest you become, partly because of the frightening volume of information that you may never get to know in your lifetime.

Enjoy your reading session; the top 10 quotes on words of wisdom about life are carefully laid out below:

10. Women are Equal if not more Superior to Men

“Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.”

As per Socrates – the social fabric of our society will be thrown into disarray if women are granted equal rights to males. Also, women would begin to take leadership of the state in addition to caring for their homes and families.

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9. Strive to Be the Best Version of Yourself

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

You cannot change peoples’ opinions about yourself; all you can do is live the best of what you believe yourself to be. You shouldn’t get bothered by how people perceive you because it’s not in your control.

All you should and can do is honor yourself by living the life you pretend to be living.

8. Friendship is a Commitment, Act Wisely and Be Consistent

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

Friendship shouldn’t be taken for granted! Make friends only if you can commit to your bond of friendship with firmness and consistency.

Befriending someone isn’t a joke, so only go for it when you’re absolutely sure.

Never commit the grave sin of invoking someone’s unadulterated feelings of sympathy towards you with no intention of sticking with them.

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7. To Live for the Mere Satisfaction of Body is Worthless

“Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.”

Don’t just exist; life is much more than that! Seek knowledge, purpose, and live a life worth living.

Living life just for the sake of eating and drinking isn’t worth living, says Socrates.

Look beyond your bodily appetite; traverse the boundaries of your intellectual limit.

6. Know the Purpose of Your Existence

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates says that a human life that is not analyzed is devoid of meaning and purpose.

To achieve full human status, we must employ our highly evolved intellectual abilities to elevate our existence above primitive beasts.

Because if we don’t think, we’re just animals; eating, sleeping, working, and reproducing.

5. Be Content with Your Life

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

True wisdom is in realizing that nature’s wealth is content. One who is not content with whatever is in their possession, is not, and can never be a rich person.

Material wealth cannot bestow you with a good night’s sleep, peaceful life, love, or other treasures of nature.

4. Don’t Just Teach, Invoke the Power of Thinking

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

The basic goal of teaching is to arouse the mind’s interest in a topic. When the brain begins to apply and think about a subject, the role of teaching is reduced to just providing advice.

There are excellent publications available to assist the individual in grasping the subject once the intellectual “fuse” has been blown to allow new thoughts to flood in.

3. Be Kind to Everyone

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
(It is thought that John Watson was the original source of this quotation)

Kindness never did any harm to anybody. So be kind for no reason and be kind to everyone. Each one of us is fighting a hard battle, whether at a personal level or professional level.

You never know what other person is going through and what your unkind behavior can do to their spirit.

2. Wisdom Begins When You Start to Wonder

“Wisdom begins in wonder.”

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom, signifies that our need to know and understand new things causes us to challenge what we already know and accept as a norm. It is mindfulness that motivates us to seek out the truth and wisdom.

Wondering about things sparks a desire in us to examine them not only to determine what is correct but also to learn more about them.

1. Wisdom is Learning to be Content in Your Present

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

This quotation discusses the conflict between satisfaction and desire.

Some people have a voracious appetite for more and more. Greed is the term for when our desire is out of control.

On the other side, having more would be preferable, but not necessary, if you can be pleased with what you have.

Words of Wisdom — the Conclusion

Wisdom is being able to tell right from wrong by utilizing acquired knowledge and experience. You must understand that there exists no wisdom greater than kindness.

Being arrogant about your possessions, whether material or intellectual, is a sign of  lack of wisdom.

Wisdom makes you understand no matter how much you acquire, it’s nothing in terms of the bigger picture.

So, being humble, content, kind, and mindful are the true traits of wisdom.

 

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Muneeb Sheikh
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