Plato Quotes

- Notable Plato Quotes Index -

Born: November 30, 426 AD, Athens, Greece
Birth Country: Greece
Died: Athens, Greece, November 30, 346 AD
Occupation: Philosopher

1.
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
- Plato

2.
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

3.
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
- Plato

4.
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
- Plato

5.
Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
- Plato

6.
Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
- Plato

7.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

8.
Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.
- Plato

9.
Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
- Plato

10.
Courage is a kind of salvation.
- Plato

11.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
- Plato

12.
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
- Plato

13.
Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
- Plato

14.
Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
- Plato

15.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
- Plato

16.
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
- Plato

17.
For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
- Plato

18.
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
- Plato

19.
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
- Plato

20.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
- Plato

21.
He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.
- Plato

22.
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
- Plato

23.
He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
- Plato

24.
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
- Plato

25.
I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.
- Plato

26.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work.
- Plato

27.
I would fain grow old learning many things.
- Plato

28.
If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
- Plato

29.
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
- Plato

30.
Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
- Plato

31.
It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.
- Plato

32.
Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
- Plato

33.
Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
- Plato

34.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
- Plato

35.
Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
- Plato

36.
Knowledge is true opinion.
- Plato

37.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
- Plato

38.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
- Plato

39.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

40.
Life must be lived as play.
- Plato

41.
Love is a serious mental disease.
- Plato

42.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
- Plato

43.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato

44.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
- Plato

45.
Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
- Plato

46.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
- Plato

47.
No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
- Plato

48.
No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.
- Plato

49.
Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
- Plato

50.
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
- Plato

51.
One man cannot practice many arts with success.
- Plato

52.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato

53.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
- Plato

54.
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
- Plato

55.
Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.
- Plato

56.
Philosophy is the highest music.
- Plato

57.
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

58.
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
- Plato

59.
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
- Plato

60.
Science is nothing but perception.
- Plato

61.
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
- Plato

62.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Plato

63.
The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.
- Plato

64.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.
- Plato

65.
The good is the beautiful.
- Plato

66.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

67.
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
- Plato

68.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
- Plato

69.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
- Plato

70.
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
- Plato

71.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
- Plato

72.
The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.
- Plato

73.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
- Plato

74.
Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
- Plato

75.
There are three classes of men lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
- Plato

76.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
- Plato

77.
There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
- Plato

78.
There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
- Plato

79.
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.
- Plato

80.
There's a victory, and defeat the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.
- Plato

81.
They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
- Plato

82.
Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
- Plato

83.
Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
- Plato

84.
To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.
- Plato

85.
To prefer evil to good is not in human nature and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
- Plato

86.
Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.
- Plato

87.
Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.
- Plato

88.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
- Plato

89.
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

90.
We do not learn and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
- Plato

91.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
- Plato

92.
Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
- Plato

93.
Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
- Plato

94.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
- Plato

95.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
- Plato

96.
Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.
- Plato

97.
Wise men speak because they have something to say Fools because they have to say something.
- Plato

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