Nine Philosophical Quotes on Wisdom (With References)

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes on wisdom, arranged in roughly chronological order. These quotes are all genuine and details about the author, book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. Quotes that begin with a section of bold text are my personal favourites. Without further ado, here are nine philosophical quotes on wisdom: He . . . Is the wisest who . . . knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing. – Socrates, as quoted in Plato, Apology, 23A, trans. Only the wise man …

Socrates on Wisdom – a short reading from the ‘Apology’ by Plato

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“He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.” Introduction: In the year 399 B.C., in Athens, Socrates was brought to trial on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth. He was found guilty and condemned to death. The Apology, written by Plato, is an account of Socrates’ trial. In this passage, Socrates explains how he came to be hated by a large portion of Athenian society as a result of testing an oracle’s claim that he was the wisest man …