Socrates Quotes in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)


Socrates Quotes:

  • [Bill and Ted are in Ancient Greece]

    Bill: [approaching Socrates] How's it going? I'm Bill, this is Ted. We're from the future.

    Socrates: Socrates.

    Ted: [whispering to Bill] Now what?

    Bill: I dunno. Philosophize with him!

    Ted: [clears his throat, to Socrates] "All we are is dust in the wind," dude.

    [Socrates gives them a blank stare]

    Bill: [scoops up a pile of dust from the basin before them and lets it run out of his hand] Dust.

    [he blows the remainder away]

    Bill: Wind.

    Ted: [points at Socrates] Dude.

    [Socrates gasps]

  • Girl at Mall: Oh, my God!

    [laughs with her friend at Freud's introduction]

    Sigmund Freud: You both seem to be suffering from a mild form of hysteria.

    Girl at Mall: You are such a geek!

    [walks off with her friend]

    Billy the Kid: Way to go, egghead!

    Socrates: GEEK!


    Sigmund Freud: What is a geek?

  • Socrates: [In Greek] Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.

  • Socrates: Where are you?

    Dan Millman: Here.

    Socrates: What time is it?

    Dan Millman: Now.

    Socrates: What are you?

    Dan Millman: This moment.

  • Dan Millman: Life has just three rules?

    Socrates: And you already know them...

    Dan Millman: Paradox, humour, and change.

    Socrates: Paradox...

    Dan Millman: Life is a mystery. Don't waste time trying to figure it out.

    Socrates: Humour...

    Dan Millman: Keep a sense of humour, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure.

    Socrates: Change...

    Dan Millman: Know that nothing stays the same.

  • [from trailer]

    Socrates: I call myself a Peaceful Warrior... because the battles we fight are on the inside

  • Socrates: Death isn't sad. The sad thing is: most people don't live at all.

  • [from trailer]

    Socrates: A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does

  • Socrates: Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses.

  • Socrates: There is no starting or stopping - only doing.

  • [from trailer]

    Socrates: Everything has a purpose, even this, and it's up to you to find it.

  • Socrates: Everyone wants to tell you what to do and what's good for you. They don't want you to find your own answers, they want you to believe theirs.

    Dan Millman: Let me guess, and you want me to believe yours.

    Socrates: No, I want you to stop gathering information from the outside and start gathering it from the inside.

  • Socrates: I think you should continue your training as a gymnast. A warrior does not give up what he loves, Dan. He finds the love in what he does.

    Dan Millman: Look at me! I have a metal rod in my leg.

    Socrates: A warrior is not about perfection, or victory, or invulnerability. He's about absolute vulnerability. That's the only true courage.

    Dan Millman: What kind of training you think I could do? I just had an accident!

    Socrates: The accident is your training. Life is choice. You can choose to be a victim or anything else you'd like to be.

    Dan Millman: Just ignore what happened to me?

    Socrates: A warrior acts, only a fool reacts.

    Dan Millman: What if I can't do it?

    Socrates: That's the future. Throw it out.

    Dan Millman: Well, how would we start?

    Socrates: There is no starting or stopping, only doing.

  • Socrates: Those who are the hardest to love, need it the most

  • [from trailer]

    Socrates: This moment is the only thing that matters.

  • Socrates: People are not theirs thoughts, they think they are, and it brings them all kinds of sadness.

  • Socrates: There's no greater purpose than service to others.

  • Dan Millman: You're out of your mind!

    Socrates: And it's taken me a lifetime of practice.

  • Socrates: It's the journey, not the destination.

  • Socrates: Do you know what's the difference between me and you?

    Socrates: You practice gymnastics, I practice everything!

  • Socrates: [to Dan] You'll be amazed at what you can do and how well you can do it.

  • Socrates: A warrior is not about perfection or victory or invulnerability. He's about absolute vulnerability.

  • Dan Millman: Why me? Out of all the people you could have taught, why did you choose me?

    Socrates: Are you done flattering yourself?


    Socrates: You chose me.

  • Socrates: There is only the journey

  • Socrates: The habit is the problem. All you need to do is be conscious about your choices and responsible for your actions.

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