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498 Inspiring Quotes by Plato

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Wikipedia Summary for Plato

Plato ( PLAY-toe; Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) 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 as one of the most important and influential individuals in human history, and 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. The so-called neoplatonism of philosophers such as Plotinus and Porphyry greatly influenced Christianity through Church Fathers such as Augustine. Alfred North Whitehead once noted: "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."Plato was an innovator of the written dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy. Plato is also considered the founder of Western political philosophy. His most famous contribution is the theory of Forms known by pure reason, in which Plato presents a solution to the problem of universals known as Platonism (also ambiguously called either Platonic realism or Platonic idealism). He is also the namesake of Platonic love and the Platonic solids.

His own most decisive philosophical influences are usually thought to have been along with Socrates, the pre-Socratics Pythagoras, Heraclitus and Parmenides, although few of his predecessors' works remain extant and much of what we know about these figures today derives from Plato himself. Unlike the work of nearly all of his contemporaries, Plato's entire body of work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years. Although their popularity has fluctuated over the years, Plato's works have never been without readers since the time they were written.

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Health is a consumation of a love affair of all the organs of the body.

--Plato

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Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

--Plato

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Through obedience learn to command.

--Plato

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The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.

--Plato

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The only real ill-doing is the deprivation of knowledge.

--Plato

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Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.

--Plato

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Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.

--Plato

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For, let me tell you that the more the pleasures of the body fade away, the greater to me are the pleasure and charm of conversation.

--Plato


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Seven years of silent inquiry are needful for a man to learn the truth, but fourteen in order to learn how to make it known to his fellow-men.

--Plato

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Writing is the geometry of the soul.

--Plato

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Mankind will never see an end of trouble until lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power become lovers of wisdom.

--Plato

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Love: a grave mental disease.

--Plato

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When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.

--Plato

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So I spoke the truth when I said that neither I nor you nor any other man would rather do injustice than suffer it: for it is worse.

--Plato



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They certainly give very strange names to diseases.

--Plato

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

--Plato

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No man should be angry with what is true.

--Plato

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

--Plato

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There is no harm in repeating a good thing.

--Plato

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When a beautiful soul harmonizes with a beautiful form, and the two are cast in one mould, that will be the fairest of sights to him who has the eye to contemplate the vision.

--Plato

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I can show you that the art of calculation has to do with odd and even numbers in their numerical relations to themselves and to each other.

--Plato


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

--Plato

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Knowledge is the food of the soul.

--Plato

Longer Version:

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


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The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.

--Plato

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I shall assume that your silence gives consent.

--Plato

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Love is a grave mental disease.

--Plato

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We understand why children are afraid of darkness ... but why are men afraid of light?

--Plato

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Pepper is small in quantity and great in virtue.

--Plato



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The love of man to woman is a thing common and of course, and at first partakes more of instinct and passion than of choice; but true friendship between man and man is infinite and immortal.

--Plato


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For I am certain, O men of Athens, that if I had engaged in politics, I should have perished long ago and done no good either to you or to myself.

--Plato

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He who advises a sick man, whose manner of life is prejudicial to health, is clearly bound first of all to change his patient's manner of life.

--Plato

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Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.

--Plato

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True friendship can exist only between equals.

--Plato


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The Muse herself makes some men inspired, from whom a chain of other men is strung out who catch their own inspiration from theirs.

--Plato

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Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones.

--Plato

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You can't do good if you don't feel good.

--Plato

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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

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You were the Morning Star among the living.
In death, O Evening Star, you light the dead.

--Plato

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Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.

--Plato


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And isn't it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are.

--Plato

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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


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No matter at all, I replied; for the point is not who said the words, but whether they are true or not.

--Plato


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Those who practice philosophy in the right way are in training for dying and they fear death least of all men.

--Plato

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A drunkard is unprofitable for any kind of good service.

--Plato

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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

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Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.

--Plato

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Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness, provided the madness is given us by divine gift.

--Plato

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The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.

--Plato




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Upon consideration of the central question of the moon's toughness there can be little doubt. It is hella tough.

--Plato

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Better to be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is the root of all misfortune.

--Plato


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

--Plato

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No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

--Plato


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The god, O men, seems to me to be really wise; and by his oracle to mean this, that the wisdom of this world is foolishness and of none effect.

--Plato

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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

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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


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He who can properly define and divide is to be considered a god.

--Plato



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Conversion is not implanting eyes, for they exist already; but giving them a right direction, which they have not.

--Plato

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Let men of all ranks whether they are successful, or unsuccessful, whether they triumph or not; let them do their duty, and rest satisfied.

--Plato


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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

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

--Plato

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There is far greater peril in buying knowledge than in buying meat and drink.

--Plato

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

--Plato

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He who is of a 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

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There is a ... matter -- much more valuable and divine than natural philosophy . ... On this matter I must speak to you in enigmas.

--Plato

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Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?

--Plato

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Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.

--Plato

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Until philosophers hold power, neither states nor individuals will have rest from trouble.

--Plato

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The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.

--Plato

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A State would be happy where philosophers were kings, or kings philosophers.

--Plato

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All learning is in the learner, not the teacher.

--Plato

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From a short-sided view, the whole moving contents of the heavens seemed to them a parcel of stones, earth and other soul-less bodies, though they furnish the sources of the world order.

--Plato


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No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.

--Plato

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

--Plato

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To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.

--Plato

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And the true order of going, or being led by another, to the things of love, is to begin from the beauties of earth.

--Plato


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

--Plato

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

--Plato




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Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.

--Plato

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The Paphian Queen to Cnidos made repair Across the tide to see her image there: Then looking up and round the prospect wide, When did Praxiteles see me thus? she cried.

--Plato


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

--Plato


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Do you mean that the tyrant will dare to use violence against the people who fathered him, and raise his hand against them if they oppose him? So the tyrant is a parricide, and little comfort to his old parent.

--Plato

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A good education consists in knowing how to sing and dance well.

--Plato

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Renouncing the honors at which the world aims, I desire only to know the truth... and to the maximum of power, I exhort all other men to do the same.

--Plato

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The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge.

--Plato

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I am inclined to think that these muscles and bones of mine would have gone off long ago to Megara or Boeotia--by the dog they would, if they had been moved only by their own idea of what was best.

--Plato

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

--Plato

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All who do evil and dishonorable things do them against their will.

--Plato

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That the makers of laws are the majority who are weak; and they make laws and distribute praises and censures with a view to themselves and to their own interests.

--Plato

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And what do you say of lovers of wine... they are glad of any pretext of drinking any wine.

--Plato

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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


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I do not think it is permitted that a better man be harmed by a worse.

--Plato

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He who refuses to rule is liable to be ruled by one who is worse than himself.

--Plato

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Knowledge is true opinion.

--Plato

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What of his beard? Are you not of Homer's opinion, who says Youth is most charming when the beard first appears?

--Plato

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It is as expedient that a wicked man be punished as that a sick man be cured by a physician; for all chastisement is a kind of medicine.

--Plato

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A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.

--Plato




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When man is not properly trained, he is the most savage animal on the face of the globe.

--Plato

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Music gives a soul to the universe.

--Plato

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On the virtuous man "He combines the highest, lowest and middle chords in complete harmony within himself.

--Plato



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The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics.

--Plato

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As such, it describes a relationship that falls short -- for whatever reason, of the fuller communion of romantic sexual love.

--Plato


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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

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What if the man could see Beauty Itself, pure, unalloyed, stripped of mortality, and all its pollution, stains, and vanities, unchanging, divine,... the man becoming in that communion, the friend of God,... ?

--Plato

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

--Plato

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As wolves love lambs so lovers love their loves.

--Plato

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Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them.

--Plato

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Remember our words, then, and whatever is your aim let virtue be the condition of the attainment of your aim, and know that without this all possessions and pursuits are dishonourable and evil.

--Plato

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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

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Geometry will draw the soul toward truth and create the spirit of philosophy.

--Plato


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

--Plato

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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

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It gives me great pleasure to converse with the aged. They have been over the road that all of us must travel, and know where it is rough and difficult and where it is level and easy.

--Plato

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Truthfulness. He will never willingly tolerate an untruth, but will hate it as much as he loves truth... And is there anything more closely connected with wisdom than truth?

--Plato


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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

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Those whose hearts are fixed on Reality itself deserve the title of Philosophers.

--Plato


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I have this tattooed on my left side! I love the saying and it's a perfect description of Karma, don't judge discriminate and don't do to someone what you wouldn't want done to you.

--Plato

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The first and best victory is to conquer self.

--Plato

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The deity on purpose sings the liveliest of all lyrics through the most miserable poet.

--Plato

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To him who disgraces his family life is no life, and to such a person there is no one a friend, neither while living nor when dead.

--Plato


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What is at issue is the conversion of the mind from the twilight of error to the truth, that climb up into the real world which we shall call true philosophy.

--Plato

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We do not learn, and that what we call learning is only a process of recollection.

--Plato

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Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.

--Plato


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We should not exercise the body without the joint assistance of the mind; nor exercise the mind without the joint assistance of the body.

--Plato


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The greatest penalty of evil-doing is to grow into the likeness of a bad man.

--Plato

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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

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So the nature required to make a really noble Guardian of our commonwealth will be swift and strong, spirited, and philosophic.

--Plato

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Happiness springs from doing good and helping others.

--Plato

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We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

--Plato


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Those who reproach injustice do so because they are afraid not of doing it but of suffering it.

--Plato


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A tyrant... is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

--Plato

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Can any man be courageous who has the fear of death in him?

--Plato

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Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.

--Plato

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Great is the issue at stake, greater than appears, whether a man is to be good or bad. And what will any one be profited if, under the influence of money or power, he neglect justice and virtue?

--Plato


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People too smart to get involved in politics are doomed to live in societies run by people who aren't.

--Plato

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Herein is the evil of ignorance , that he who is neither good nor wise is nevertheless satisfied with himself : he has no desire for that of which he feels no want .

--Plato


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No reproach for a person willing to give honorable service in the passion to become wise.

--Plato

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Physical excellence does not of itself produce a good mind and character: on the other hand, excellence of mind and character will make the best of the physique it is given.

--Plato

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

--Plato

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We obtain better knowledge of a person during one hour's play and games than by conversing with him for a whole year.

--Plato

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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

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No intelligent man will ever be so bold as to put into language those things which his reason has contemplated.

--Plato

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The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.

--Plato

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Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.

--Plato

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Those who tell the stories rule society.

--Plato

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The wolf cares not, how many the sheep be.

--Plato

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Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

--Plato

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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

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For neither birth, nor wealth, nor honors, can awaken in the minds of men the principles which should guide those who from their youth aspire to an honorable and excellent life, as Love awakens them.

--Plato

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A democracy is a state in which the poor, gaining the upper hand, kill some and banish others, and then divide the offices among the remaining citizens equally, usually by lot.

--Plato

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The God of Love lives in a state of need.

--Plato

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

--Plato

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Philosophy begins in wonder.

--Plato

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The cause of all sins in every case lies in the person's excessive love of self.

--Plato

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If we are to have any hope for the future, those who have lanterns must pass them on to others.

--Plato

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He that lendeth to another in time of prosperity, shall never want help himself in the time of adversity.

--Plato



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People regard the same things, some as just and others as unjust, -- about these they dispute; and so there arise wars and fightings among them.

--Plato

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Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all.

--Plato

Longer Version:

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.


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It is our duty to select the best and most dependable theory that human intelligence can supply, and use it as a raft to ride the seas of life.

--Plato

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Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom.

--Plato

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He who wishes to serve his country must have not only the power to think, but the will to act.

--Plato



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Death is not the worst that can happen to men.

--Plato

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Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state.

--Plato

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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

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It is correct to make a priority of young people, taking care that they turn out as well as possible.

--Plato

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The Dance, of all the arts, is the one that most influences the soul. Dancing is divine in its nature and is the gift of God.

--Plato


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When you swear, swear seriously and solemnly, but at the same time with a smile, for a smile is the twin sister of seriousness.

--Plato

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The true physician is also a ruler having the human body as a subject, and is not a mere money-maker.

--Plato


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Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.

--Plato

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Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.

--Plato

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The good is the beautiful.

--Plato

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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

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Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.

--Plato


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The true champion of justice, if he intends to survive even for a short time, must necessarily confine himself to private life and leave politics alone.

--Plato


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And if we are good, we are beneficent: for all good things are beneficial. Are they not?

--Plato

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Man -- a being in search of meaning.

--Plato


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The wisest have the most authority.

--Plato

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That politician who curries favor with the citizens and indulges them and fawns upon them and has a presentiment of their wishes, and is skillful in gratifying them, he is esteemed a great statesman.

--Plato

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Poets do not compose their poems with knowledge, but by some inborn talent and by inspiration, like seers and prophets who also say many fine things without any understanding of what they say.

--Plato

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But at three, four, five, and even six years the childish nature will require sports; now is the time to get rid of self-will in him, punishing him, but not so as to disgrace him.

--Plato

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Hence it is from the representation of things spoken by means of posture and gesture that the whole of the art of dance has been elaborated.

--Plato

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The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

--Plato

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The tyranny imposed on the soul by anger, or fear, or lust, or pain, or envy, or desire, I generally call 'injustice.'

--Plato

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

--Plato

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Worthy of honor is he who does no injustice, and more than twofold honor, if he not only does no injustice himself, but hinders others from doing any.

--Plato

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Interference by the three classes with each other s jobs, and interchange of jobs between them, therefore, does the greatest harm to our state, and we are entirely justified in calling it the worst of evils.

--Plato

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Necessity, who is the mother of our invention.

--Plato

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Those wretches who never have experienced the sweets of wisdom and virtue, but spend all their time in revels and debauches, sink downward day after day, and make their whole life one continued series of errors.

--Plato


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We ought to live sacrificing, and singing, and dancing.

--Plato

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From all wild beasts, a child is the most difficult to handle.

--Plato

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Every serious man in dealing with really serious subjects carefully avoids writing. ... There does not exist, nor will there ever exist, any writing of mine dealing with this subject.

--Plato

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

--Plato




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He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.

--Plato

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What is better adapted than the festive use of wine in the first place to test and in the second place to train the character of a man, if care be taken in the use of it? What is there cheaper or more innocent?

--Plato

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Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him more, than to have allowed more time for trifling, and useless things, than they deserve.

--Plato

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Love is a madness produced by an unsatisfiable rational desire to understand the ultimate truth about the world.

--Plato

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To be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible.

--Plato

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Music is a defining element of character.

--Plato

brown trees under blue sky during daytime

Love is a severe mental disorder.

--Plato



man running on seashore

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

--Plato

Arizona landscape

By the golden chain Homer meant nothing else than the sun.

--Plato

water color palette on white surface

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

--Plato

green leaf tree on shore

Better to complete a small task well, than to do much imperfectly.

--Plato

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.

--Plato


purple petaled flower

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

--Plato

orange flowers

No human thing is of serious importance.

--Plato

blue sky with white clouds

Socrates: I'm afraid that it might actually be sacrilegious to stand idly by while morality is being denigrated and not try to assist as long as one has breath in one's body and a voice to protest with.

--Plato

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

Human beings have Love for one another inborn in them -- Love, reassembler of our ancient nature, who tries to make one out of two and to heal human nature.

--Plato

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

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

--Plato

mountains under white mist at daytime

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

--Plato

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.

--Plato

blue and white water waves

He who is only an athlete is too crude, too vulgar, too much a savage. He who is a scholar only is too soft, to effeminate. The ideal citizen is the scholar athlete, the man of thought and the man of action.

--Plato

silhouette photography of mountains

Let no one destitute of geometry enter my doors.

--Plato

woman lying on pool

The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. ... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

--Plato

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

Love is the pursuit of the whole.

--Plato

white and blue ice in water

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

--Plato


three pink tulip flowers

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

--Plato

person holding brown leaf

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

--Plato

shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring

The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.

--Plato

toddler hugging siberian husky

Do thine own work, and know thyself.

--Plato

rocks near shore during nighttime

The proud man is forsaken of God.

--Plato

silhouette of mountain during sunset

Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

--Plato

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice.

--Plato

solid background

The love of the gods belongs to anyone who has given to true virtue and nourished it, and if any human being could become immortal, it would be he.

--Plato

sunset

Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.

--Plato

yellow flower

Justice is useful when money is useless.

--Plato

silhouette of flower during sunset

A poet, you see, is a light thing, and winged and holy, and cannot compose before he gets inspiration and loses control of his senses and his reason has deserted him.

--Plato


coconut tree near body of water

Of all the Gods, Love is the best friend of humankind, the helper and healer of all ills that stand in the way of human happiness.

--Plato

clear hour glass with brown frame

If it is naturally in you to be a good orator, a notable orator you will be when you have acquired knowledge and practice.

--Plato

yellow sunflower on white wall

The three wishes of every man: to be healthy, to be rich by honest means, and to be beautiful.

--Plato

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.

--Plato

four person standing beside wall

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.

--Plato


black mountain under blue sky during night time

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


silhouette of woman during sunset

The good man is the only excellent musician, because he gives forth a perfect harmony not with a lyre or other instrument but with the whole of his life.

--Plato

brown brick wall photography

Of all the animals, the boy is most unmanageable.

--Plato

sunset

To escape from evil we must be made as far as possible like God; and the resemblance consists in becoming just and holy and wise.

--Plato

white snow mountain

Virtue is a kind of health, beauty and good habit of the soul.

--Plato

pink flowers in vase

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

--Plato

silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

I Laïs who laughed scornfully at Hellas,
who kept a swarm of young lovers at my door,
I lay my mirror before the Paphian,
for I will not see myself as I am now,
and cannot see myself as once I was.

--Plato

person using laptop computer

I know too well that these arguments from probabilities are imposters, and unless great caution is observed in the use of them, they are apt to be deceptive.

--Plato

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

He is unworthy of the name of man who is ignorant of the fact that the diagonal of a square is incommensurable with its side.

--Plato


wide lake over sunset view

The tools which would teach men their own use would be beyond price.

--Plato

rock formation under starry skies

The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person.

--Plato

black wooden louver door window

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.

--Plato

long exposure photography of beach

The poets are nothing but interpreters of the gods, each one possessed by the divinity to whom he is in bondage.

--Plato

red and blue light digital wallpaper

Then we got into a labyrinth, and, when we thought we were at the end,
came out again at the beginning, having still to see as much as ever.

--Plato

turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

You should not honor men more than truth.

--Plato


purple flowers under cloudy sky

The physician, to the extent he is a physician, considers only the good of the patient in what he prescribes, and his own not at all.

--Plato

solid background

Between knowledge of what really exists and ignorance of what does not exist lies the domain of opinion. It is more obscure than knowledge, but clearer than ignorance.

--Plato

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Watch a man at play for an hour and you can learn more about him than in talking to him for a year.

--Plato


red strawberry fruit on red surface

He who is learning and learning and doesn't apply what he knows is like the one who is plowing and plowing and doesn't seed.

--Plato



gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

So their combinations with themselves and with each other give rise to endless complexities, which anyone who is to give a likely account of reality must survey.

--Plato

high-angle photography of beach side

According to Diotima, Love is not a god at all, but is rather a spirit that mediates between people and the objects of their desire. Love is neither wise nor beautiful, but is rather the desire for wisdom and beauty.

--Plato





empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

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

--Plato

white stars in the sky during night time

Knowledge of the soul is the only universal truth and the only wisdom -- all other knowledge is transient.

--Plato


green palm plant

Education and admonition commence in the first years of childhood, and last to the very end of life.

--Plato

brown wooden surface

Even the good artisans fell into the same error as the poets; because they were good workmen they thought that they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom.

--Plato


brown tree branch during daytime

And a democracy, I suppose, comes into being when the poor, winning the victory, put to death some of the other party, drive out others, and grant the rest of the citizens an equal share in both citizenship and offices.

--Plato

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.

--Plato

photo of underwater

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

--Plato

white oriental lily flower

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

--Plato

glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

The orators and the despots have the least power in their cities ... since they do nothing that they wish to do, practically speaking, though they do whatever they think to be best.

--Plato

backdrop

They assembled together and dedicated these as the first-fruits of their love to Apollo in his Delphic temple, inscribing there those maxims which are on every tongue- 'know thyselP and 'Nothing overmuch.'

--Plato

mountains under white mist at daytime

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

--Plato

top view of green succulent plants

I prefer nothing, unless it is true.

--Plato


brown trees on brown field during daytime

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

--Plato

white wooden door

Neither human wisdom nor divine inspiration can confer upon man any greater blessing than this live a life of happiness and harmony here on earth.

--Plato

orange abstract painting

The most important stage of any enterprise is the beginning.

--Plato

blue mountains at daytime

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

--Plato


girl leaning on wall during daytime

I must yield to you, for you are irresistible.

--Plato


landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

God is not the author of all things, but of good only.

--Plato

person running

Do not expect justice where might is right.

--Plato


man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

In order to seek one's own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.

--Plato

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

Modesty is becoming in youth.

--Plato

shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

The matter is as it is in all other cases: if it is naturally in you to be a good orator, a notable orator you will be when you have acquired knowledge and practice .

--Plato



person surfing on sea waves during daytime

A man's duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life.

--Plato

green background

We are bound to our bodies like an oyster to its shell.

--Plato

sunset

Complacent ignorance is the most lethal sickness of the soul.

--Plato

green trees on mountain during daytime

The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it's almost impossible to stamp out.

--Plato

forest trees photograph

To begin is the most important part of any quest and by far the most courageous.

--Plato

low angle view of blue clouds

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.

--Plato

white satellite dish under starry night

Those having torches will pass them on to others.

--Plato

closeup photo of sunflower

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

--Plato

bonfire in forest

The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.

--Plato

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

The truth is that we isolate a particular kind of love and appropriate it for the name of love, which really belongs to a wider whole.

--Plato


woman holding Pug puppy

Self conquest is the greatest of victories.

--Plato

gray slabs

All learning has an emotional base.

--Plato

yellow Labrador puppy running on field

Fly from the company of the wicked -- fly and turn not back.

--Plato

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

--Plato

bonfire in forest

I am a sailor's tomb. Beside me lies a farmer.
Hell is the same, under the land and sea.

--Plato



silhouette of grass under moonlight

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

--Plato

yellow and blue painted wall

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity.

--Plato

Longer Version:

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity -- I mean the true simplicity of a rightly and nobly ordered mind and character, not that other simplicity which is only a euphemism for folly.


sunset

The philosopher is in love with truth, that is, not with the changing world of sensation, which is the object of opinion, but with the unchanging reality which is the object of knowledge.

--Plato

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

Aphrodite cried at Knidos when she saw Aphrodite:
O Zeus! Where did Praxiteles see me naked?

--Plato


man jumping on hill during golden hour

Do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement.

--Plato

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

When the citizens of a society can see and hear their leaders, then that society should be seen as one.

--Plato


snow covered pine trees

I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.

--Plato

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

Integrity is your destiny-it is the light that guides your way.

--Plato


white wall tiles

Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and

on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from

the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted.

--Plato

black and gray floral textile

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

--Plato


foggy mountains

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

--Plato

silhouette photography of man sitting on rock

I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long …arousing and persuading and reproaching…You will not easily find another like me.

--Plato

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

To be sure I must; and therefore I may assume that your silence gives consent.

--Plato

black pug puppy on green textile

The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable.

--Plato

cluster of stars in the sky

Fields and trees are not willing to teach me anything; but this can be effected by men residing in the city.

--Plato

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

As I kissed Agathon my soul swelled to my lips,
where it hangs, pitiful, hoping to leap across.

--Plato

black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime

Behold! human beings living in a underground den ... Like ourselves ... they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave.

--Plato

low angle photography of purple sky

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

a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

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

round black clock on linen

As long as I draw breath and am able, I won't give up practicing philosophy.

--Plato



brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

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

--Plato


laughing woman photo

Serious things cannot be understood without laughable things, nor opposites at all without opposites.

--Plato

brown and gray brick wall

The beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression is more readily taken.

--Plato


calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

Much more wretched than lackof health inthe body, it is to dwell with a soul that is not healthy, but corrupt.

--Plato



yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency.

--Plato

purple, white, and pink floral painting

The whole life of the philosopher is a preparation for death.

--Plato

green trees

Let early education be a sort of amusement. You will then be better able to find out the natural bent.

--Plato

pink flowers in vase

There are some whom the applause of the multitude has deluded into the belief that they are really statesmen.

--Plato

Light blue to dark blue gradient

He who has followed the path of love's initiation in the proper order will on arriving at the end suddenly perceive a marvelous beauty, the source of all our efforts.

--Plato

white flower with black background

Welcome out of the cave, my friend. It's a bit colder out here, but the stars are just beautiful.

--Plato

brown and white dog in close-up photography

For the unexamined life is not worth living.

--Plato

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.

--Plato

pot on window with flowers

Our love for our children springs from the soul's greatest yearning for immortality.

--Plato


green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

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

--Plato

red and pink flowers

Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.

--Plato

Arizona landscape

Philosophy is the highest music.

--Plato

white stars in the sky during night time

To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is ridiculous.

--Plato



water droplets on green leaf

If you harm a horse do you make him better or worse?"
"Worse.

--Plato

photography of white sky at golden hour

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

silhouette of flower during sunset

Such, Echecrates, was the end of our comrade, who was, we may fairly say, of all those whom we knew in our time, the bravest and also the wisest and most upright man.

--Plato

yellow flowers blooming at field

Thus does the Muse herself move men divinely inspired, and through them thus inspired a Chain hangs together of others inspired divinely likewise.

--Plato

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

Ideas are the source of all things.

--Plato

purple flower in tilt shift lens

When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

--Plato

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

Freedom in a democracy is the glory of the state, and, therefore, in a democracy only will the freeman of nature deign to dwell.

--Plato

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

--Plato

silhouette of trees during nighttime

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

--Plato

closed white painted door with exit signage

Time on its back bears all things far away -- Full many a challenge is wrought by many a day -- Shape, fortune, name, and nature all decay.

--Plato

empty road towards mountains

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

--Plato

green and white painted wall

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

--Plato

bare trees under blue sky

Where reverence is, there is fear; for he who has a feeling of reverence and shame about the commission of any action, fears and is afraid of an ill reputation.

--Plato

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Arguments, like men, are often pretenders.

--Plato

purple petaled flower

I will prove by my life that my critics are liars.

--Plato


crescent moon above mountain

Many men are loved by their enemies, and hated by their friends, and are the friends of their enemies, and the enemies of their friends.

--Plato

red rose in close up photography

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

--Plato

sunset

It behooves those who take the young to task to leave them room for excuse, lest they drive them to be hardened by too much rebuke.

--Plato

pink petaled flower

To the rulers of the state then, if to any, it belongs of right to use falsehood, to deceive either enemies or their own citizens, for the good of the state: and no one else may meddle with this privilege.

--Plato

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

But tell me, this physician of whom you were just speaking, is he a moneymaker, an earner of fees, or a healer of the sick?

--Plato

closed white painted door with exit signage

Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it; but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.

--Plato


two white flowers

The bees can abide no drones amongst them; but as soon as they begin to be idle, they kill them.

--Plato

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

One man cannot practice many arts with success.

--Plato


empty gray carpet

The greatest mistake physicians make is that they attempt to cure the body without attempting to cure the mind, yet the mind and the body are one and should not be treated separately!

--Plato

blue and white water surface

Education in music is most sovereign because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the innermost soul and take strongest hold upon it.

--Plato

black wooden louver door window

Money-makers are tiresome company, as they have no standard but cash value.

--Plato

red flowers with water droplets

My plainness of speech makes people hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth.

--Plato

photo of gray elephant on grass

Give me a different set of mothers and I will give you a different world.

--Plato

person standing on top of mountain

Music then is simply the result of the effects of Love on rhythm and harmony.

--Plato

high-angle photography of beach side

There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children's lessons take the form of play.

--Plato

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

All things are in fate, yet all things are not decreed by fate.

--Plato

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Books are immortal sons deifying their sires.

--Plato

gray concrete surface

The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.

--Plato

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

Few men are so obstinate in their atheism, that a pressing danger will not compel them to acknowledgment of a divine power.

--Plato

pink flower petals in macro photography

One trait in the philosopher's character we can assume is his love of the knowledge that reveals eternal reality, the realm unaffected by change and decay.

--Plato

Longer Version:

One trait in the philosopher's character we can assume is his love of the knowledge that reveals eternal reality, the realm unaffected by change and decay. He is in love with the whole of that reality, and will not willingly be deprived even of the most insignificant fragment of it -- just like the lovers and men of ambition we described earlier on.


glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

Man's music is seen as a means of restoring the soul, as well as confused and discordant bodily afflictions, to the harmonic proportions that it shares with the world soul of the cosmos.

--Plato

sunset with storm clouds

And the quality of good judgement is clearly a form of knowledge and skill, as it is because of knowledge and not because of ignorance that we judge well.

--Plato


green palm plant

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

--Plato

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

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

--Plato

bare trees under blue sky

The ultimate design of the Mysteries ... was to lead us back to the principles from which we descended, ... a perfect enjoyment of intellectual spiritual good.

--Plato



grayscale photography of raindrops

It's like this, I think: the excellence of a good body doesn't make the soul good, but the other way around: the excellence of a good soul makes the body as good as it can be.

--Plato

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

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

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Every unjust man is unjust against his will.

--Plato


landscape photography of road at savannah

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.

--Plato

white and blue floral textile

I know nothing more worthy of a man's ambition than that his son be the best of men.

--Plato

brown mountain at nighttime

In a democracy only will the freeman of nature design to dwell.

--Plato

person holding yellow sunflower bouquet

For the object of education is to teach us to love beauty.

--Plato

dirt road to sunset

Virtue is voluntary, vice involuntary.

--Plato

aerial photography of forest

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

--Plato

person standing on top of mountain

Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was every granted by the gods to man.

--Plato

pink and white tulips on white surface

Then the lover, who is true and no counterfeit, must of necessity be loved by his love.

--Plato

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.

--Plato

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

What then is the right way to live? Life should be lived as play.

--Plato

red rose

Would that I were the heaven, that I might be all full of love-lit eyes to gaze on thee.

--Plato

silhouette of mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

rock mountain during starry night

Prefer diligence before idleness, unless you esteem rust above brightness.

--Plato

photo of about to bloom lotus flower

Science is nothing but perception.

--Plato


brown and white wooden star print board

Wisest is he who knows what he does not know.

--Plato

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.

--Plato

grayscale photography of elephant

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

--Plato

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Those who don't know must learn from those who do.

--Plato

white flower with black background

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

--Plato

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

A fit of laughter, which has been indulged to excess, almost always produces a violent reaction.

--Plato

landscape photography of horizon

The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings.

--Plato

white snow mountain

No one is so cowardly that Love could not inspire him to heroism.

--Plato

purple flowers under sunny sky

Let him know how to choose the mean and avoid the extremes on either side, as far as possible... For this is the way of happiness.

--Plato


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