428/427 or 424/423 BC - 348/347 BC

129 Greatest Quotes By Plato

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. Plato
The worst of all deceptions is self-deception. Plato
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil. Plato
Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds. Plato
The more the pleasures of the body fade away, the greater to me is the pleasure and charm of conversation. Plato
If one has made a mistake, and fails to correct it, one has made a greater mistake. Plato
Love' is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete. Plato
Money-makers are tiresome company, as they have no standard but cash value. 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
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
Don't force your children into your ways, for they were created for a time different from your own. Plato
If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things. Plato
The right question is usually more important than the right answer. 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
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Plato
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. Plato
How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads? Plato
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. Plato
If you think your child's academic studies are more important than the arts, think again. Plato
If we are to have any hope for the future, those who have lanterns must pass them on to others. Plato
Only the dead will know the end of the war. 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
Music is to the mind as air is to the body. Plato
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato
Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind. Plato
The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs faster than death. Plato
Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. Plato
When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. Plato
No man's nature is able to know what is best for the social state of man; or, knowing, always able to do what is best. Plato
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato
In an honest man there is always something of a child. Plato
A true artist is someone who gives birth to a new reality. 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
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
Wonder is the beginning of the desire to know the beautiful and the good. Plato
You should not honor men more than truth. Plato
He who does not desire power is fit to hold it. Plato
He who is not a good servant will not be a good master. Plato
Don't ask a poet to explain himself. He cannot. Plato
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
A man is not learned until he can read, write and swim. Plato
It is better to be wise, and not to seem so, than to seem wise, and not be so; yet men, for the most part, desire the contrary. Plato
The wise man will want to be ever with him who is better than himself. Plato
The noblest of all studies is the study of what man is and of what life he should live. Plato
The word friend is common, the fact is rare. Plato
Art has no end but its own perfection. Plato
Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any. Plato
Poverty doesn't come because of the decrease of wealth but because of the increase of desires. Plato
When you feel grateful, you become great, and eventually attract great things. Plato
The whole life of the philosopher is a preparation for death. Plato
The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. Plato
The three wishes of every man: to be healthy, to be rich by honest means, and to be beautiful. Plato