Plato Quotes

Plato, an esteemed philosopher of ancient Greece, was born in Athens, a significant city during the Classical era. Within Athens, he established the Academy, a center of philosophical learning where he imparted the teachings that eventually crystallized into the philosophical principles recognized as Platonism. Wikipedia

“He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.” ~ Plato

“For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy.” ~ Plato

“And we have made of ourselves living cesspools, and driven doctors to invent names for our diseases.” ~ Plato

“When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them then he is always stirring up some wary or other in order that the people may require a leader.” ~ Plato

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~ Plato

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.” ~ Plato

“To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.” ~ Plato

“Writing is the geometry of the soul.” ~ Plato

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” ~ Plato

“How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?”

“For to fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise without really being wise, for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For no one knows whether death may not be the greatest good that can happen to man.” ~ Plato

“How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?”

“You’re my Star, a stargazer too, and I wish that I were Heaven, with a billion eyes to look at you!”

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” ~ Plato

“The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.” ~ Plato

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.” ~ Plato

“No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself”

“A house that has a library in it has a soul.” ~ Plato

“The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.” ~ Plato

“Geometry existed before creation.” ~ Plato

“A dog has the soul of a philosopher.” ~ Plato

“True friendship can exist only between equals.” ~ Plato

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” ~ Plato

“You should not honor men more than truth.” ~ Plato

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” ~ Plato

“When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.” ~ Plato

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being.” ~ Plato

“Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.” ~ Plato

“All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.” ~ Plato

“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.” ~ Plato

“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” ~ Plato

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” ~ Plato

“I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.” ~ Plato

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” ~ Plato

“Books are immortal sons defying their sires.” ~ Plato

“The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not content with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the essential nature of things.” ~ Plato

“Love is a serious mental disease.” ~ Plato

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” ~ Plato

“No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.” ~ Plato

“The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.” ~ Plato

“The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.” ~ Plato

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” ~ Plato

“Philosophy is the highest music.” ~ Plato

“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood let alone believed by the masses.” ~ Plato

“Love is the pursuit of the whole.” ~ Plato

“The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one’s education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.” ~ Plato

“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.” ~ Plato

“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent.” ~ Plato

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ~ Plato

“As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.” ~ Plato

“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.” ~ Plato

“Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.” ~ Plato

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” ~ Plato

“Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the laws of the State always change with them.” ~ Plato

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.” ~ Plato

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” ~ Plato

“When men speak ill of thee, live so that nobody will believe them.” ~ Plato

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ~ Plato

“The soul takes flight to the world that is invisible but there arriving she is sure of bliss and forever dwells in paradise.” ~ Plato

“An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.” ~ Plato

“Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.” ~ Plato

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” ~ Plato

“There is truth in wine and children.” ~ Plato

“The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.” ~ Plato

“Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.” ~ Plato

“Character is simply habit long continued.” ~ Plato

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ~ Plato

“The wise man will want to be ever with him who is better than himself.” ~ Plato

“Have you ever sensed that our soul is immortal and never dies?”

“Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.” ~ Plato

“Happiness springs from doing good and helping others.” ~ Plato

“He was a wise man who invented God.” ~ Plato

“In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these means, man can attain perfection.” ~ Plato

“Courage is a kind of salvation.” ~ Plato

“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” ~ Plato

“There should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor again excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil.” ~ Plato

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” ~ Plato

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ Plato

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ~ Plato

“Either we shall find what it is we are seeking or at least we shall free ourselves from the persuasion that we know what we do not know.” ~ Plato

“Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.” ~ Plato

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.” ~ Plato

“Is there a perfect world?”

“The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, and his life is full of foreboding: but the man who is conscious of no wrongdoing is filled with cheerfulness and with the comfort of old age.” ~ Plato

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ~ Plato

“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.” ~ Plato

“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.” ~ Plato

“I thought to myself: I am wiser than this man; neither of us probably knows anything that is really good, but he thinks he has knowledge, when he has not, while I, having no knowledge, do not think I have.” ~ Plato

“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.” ~ Plato

“Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.” ~ Plato

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ~ Plato

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ~ Plato

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” ~ Plato

“No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.” ~ Plato

“Those who tell the stories rule society.” ~ Plato

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