Top Quotes from Plato

By | July 23, 2018

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.

Plato

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

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

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

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

Plato

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

Plato

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.

Plato

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.

Plato

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

Plato

Love is a serious mental disease.

Plato

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.

Plato

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

Plato

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.

Plato

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

Plato

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

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

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.

Plato

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.

Plato

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

Plato

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

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

Plato

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

Plato

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

Plato

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

Plato

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

Plato

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

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

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

Plato

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Plato

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.

Plato

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.

Plato

Life must be lived as play.

Plato

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

Plato

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.

Plato

Necessity… the mother of invention.

Plato

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

Plato

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.

Plato

He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.

Plato

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

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

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

There is no harm in repeating a good thing.

Plato

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

Plato

Philosophy begins in wonder.

Plato

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

Plato

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.

Plato

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