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Top 50 Plato Quotes on Power, Love, Politics, Knowledge

Plato

Plato Quotes: Plato was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder of the Platonist school of thought, and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the pivotal figure in the history of Ancient Greek and Western philosophy, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle. Plato has also often been cited as one of the founders of Western religion and spirituality. Below we’ve compiled some of our favorite Plato quotes for your enjoyment.

Common Questions about Plato

What was Plato's real name?

 His real name was Aristocles which means “the best glory”(from the ancient Greek aristos – best – and kleos – glory).

Are Plato and Aristotle the same person?

Plato (c. 428–c. 348 BCE) and Aristotle (384–322 BCE) are generally regarded as the two greatest figures of Western philosophy. … According to a conventional view, Plato’s philosophy is abstract and utopian, whereas Aristotle’s is empirical, practical, and commonsensical.

What Plato said about life?

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act ‘rightly’ because we are ‘excellent’, in fact we achieve ‘excellence’ by acting ‘rightly.

Our Favorite Plato Quotes

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Love is a serious mental disease.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

“There is truth in wine and children”

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.”

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

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.”

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

“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.”

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

“You should not honor men more than truth.”

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

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

“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? ”

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

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

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

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

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

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

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”

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

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

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

“Character is simply habit long continued.”

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

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

“Excellence" is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act "rightly" because we are "excellent", in fact we achieve "excellence" by acting "rightly".”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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