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A collection of quotes by Plato on love, justice, politics and democracy.

100 Enlightening Quotes By Plato That Give A Glimpse Into His Great Mind

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosopher

Born On: 428 BC

Died On: 348 BC

Born In: Athens

Died At Age: 80

One of the towering figures of ancient Greek philosophy, Plato was the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. A student of the great philosopher Socrates, Plato was also the teacher of another influential figure, Aristotle. These three philosophers are jointly credited to have laid the very foundations of Western philosophy and science. Plato was not just highly influential in the fields of Western science, philosophy, and mathematics, but is also said to have been one of the founders of Western religion and spirituality. In addition, he is also credited to have been the founder of Western political philosophy and one of the most influential authors in the history of philosophy. What would be a better way to imbibe some of his vast wisdom than by leisurely reading through his words of wisdom that we bring to you in form of quotes?

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

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

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

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

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

Plato

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

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 heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.

Plato

Love is a serious mental disease.

Plato

Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.

Plato

There is truth in wine and children

Plato

I'm trying to think, don't confuse me with facts.

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

Those who tell the stories rule society.

Plato

The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings

Plato

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

Plato

There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.

Plato

Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.

Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.

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?

Plato

You should not honor men more than truth.

Plato

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Plato

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Plato

The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.

Plato

Death is not the worst that can happen to men.

Plato

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

Plato

Character is simply habit long continued.

Plato

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

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

A house that has a library in it has a soul.

Plato

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

Plato

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

Plato

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

Plato

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

Plato

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

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

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

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

Love is simply the name for the desire and pursuit of the whole.

Plato

Love is the pursuit of the whole.

Plato

Writing is the geometry of the soul.

Plato

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning

Plato

There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.

Plato

…if a man can be properly said to love something, it must be clear that he feels affection for it as a whole, and does not love part of it to the exclusion of the rest.

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

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

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

Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together; it tries to make one out of two and heal the wound of human nature.

Plato

Books are immortal sons defying their sires.

Plato

The first and best victory is to conquer self

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

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Plato

Man is a being in search of meaning.

Plato

True friendship can exist only between equals.

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

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

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

He was a wise man who invented God.

Plato

No human thing is of serious importance.

Plato

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.

Plato

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

Plato

All I really know is the extent of my own ignorance

Plato

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

Plato

Love' is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete.

Plato

All is flux, nothing stays still

Plato

A dog has the soul of a philosopher.

Plato

Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.

Plato

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

Plato

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being

Plato

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

Plato

Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools, because they have to say something.

Plato

Is there a perfect world?

Plato

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

Plato

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity

Plato

Ideas are the source of all things

Plato

Philosophy is the highest music.

Plato

Time is the moving image of reality

Plato

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

Plato

He whom loves touches not walks in darkness.

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

χαλεπὰ τὰ καλά Nothing beautiful without struggle.

Plato

Knowledge is the food of the soul.

Plato

Only a philosopher's mind grows wings, since its memory always keeps it as close as possible to those realities by being close to which the gods are divine.

Plato

A life without investigation is not worth living

Plato

Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.

Plato

Man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door of his prison and run away... A man should wait, and not take his own life until God summons him.

Plato

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

Plato

The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs faster than death.

Plato

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

Plato

But Above all things truth beareth away the victory

Plato