Socrates believed that the way to find answers and attain knowledge was though the practice of conversation.
In reading from Socrates philosophical quotes, we noticed a lot of them echo why we love using Awkward Silence – exploring ideas, provoking deeper thinking, learning new things.
With that in mind, we wanted to share some of Socrates’ best quotes that encourage us to engage in conversation.
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” (We believe the latter refers to gossip.)
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
“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 mentions others’ writings, but you get the same benefit in talking to someone about their experience.)
“Intelligent individuals learn from every thing and every one; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers.”
“Understanding a question is half an answer.”
“The highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others.”
“Everything is plainer when spoken than when unspoken.”
If you aren’t listening, the conversation doesn’t evolve. It’s just two people saying things they each already know at each other.
Some things are good for us to hear, even if they are things we already know.
Martin Pistorius was diagnosed as being brain dead. Yet he was conscious, alert, and could see & hear everything that was happening around him. No one realised for 11 years.
There is the classic one-word answer caricature we have of teens. The problem isn’t just in the answers, the problem is also the dull questions.
On the course of thinking on a new line, we can stumble on an idea trail. If we follow it, that idea starts to take shape.