Best quotes by the Greek Philosopher Plato

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

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.
  • love

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
  • Opinion

The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
  • control



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.
  • music

Love is a serious mental disease.
  • Love

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

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
  • inspirational

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

Man is a being in search of meaning.
  • Humanity

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

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

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

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depends on simplicity.
  • Beauty

A well begun is half ended.
  • Actions

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

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.
  • Forgiveness

All learning has an emotional base.
  • Learning

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
  • constitutions

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

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
  • Planning

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

When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.
  • Psychology

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

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

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
  • Love

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

Courage is a kind of salvation.
  • courage

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

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


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

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

The wisest have the most authority.
  • Wisdom

Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
  • Wisdom

Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.
  • alone

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
  • adopted

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
  • knowledge

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

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For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
  • constitutions

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
  • Education

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

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

Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.
  • Education

No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
  • Education

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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.
  • love

Love is a serious mental disease.
  • Love

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
  • Love

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

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.
  • becoming

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.
  • beautiful

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

Knowledge is true opinion.
  • knowledge

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
  • Knowledge

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
  • knowledge

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.
  • knowledge

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

Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
  • abundant

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
  • legal

Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.
  • fitness

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They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
  • Truth

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

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

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



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

He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.
  • Anger

Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself.
  • Thought

Only the dead have seen the end of war.
  • dead

Necessity... the mother of invention.
  • invention

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
  • Education

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

Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
  • Victory

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

It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.
  • Astronomy

The wisest have the most authority.
  • Wisdom

The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.
  • god

He who is of 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.
  • age

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?
  • another

There is truth in wine and children
  • aphorism

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

Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty.
  • Honesty

I have good hope that there is something after death.
  • Immortality

I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
  • assume

Your silence gives consent.
  • consent

Knowledge is true opinion.
  • knowledge

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

Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
  • Pleasure

Truth is its own reward.
  • Truth

The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
  • Virtue

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

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.
  • accomplished

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
  • Faith

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

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

Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
  • Wisdom

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
  • choose

It is right to give every man his due.
  • due

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
  • dishonesty

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
  • law

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.
  • City

Even the gods love jokes.
  • Humor

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

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

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
  • Rhetoric

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

Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
  • Wealth

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

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

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

I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.
  • Conflict

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

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
  • Health

Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
  • Insults

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
  • Knowledge

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

Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
  • Poetry

Science is nothing but perception.
  • Science

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.
  • Suicide

The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.
  • abroad

Man - a being in search of meaning.
  • being

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

Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
  • abundant

He was a wise man who invented beer.
  • beer

Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.
  • alone

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
  • adopted

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
  • conversation

And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty.
  • politics

That makes me think, my friend, as I have often done before, how natural it is that those who have spent a long time in the study of philosophy appear ridiculous when they enter the courts of law as speakers. Those who have knocked about in courts and the like from their youth up seem to me, when compared with those who have been brought up in philosophy and similar pursuits, to be as slaves in breeding compared with freemen.

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.
  • Age

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

Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
  • DeceptionLying

There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
  • Evil

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
  • Excess

Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.
  • Humanity

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

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.
  • becoming

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

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
  • content

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
  • knowledge

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

Democracy passes into despotism.
  • democracy

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

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

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
  • legal

Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.
  • Age

There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.
  • Atheism

Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.N.B.: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. See also: Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Beauty

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.
  • DeceptionLying

Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.
  • Democracy

These, then, will be some of the features of democracy... it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, parti-colored commonwealth, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not.
  • Democracy

Is it not also true that no physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers or enjoins what is for the physician's interest, but that all seek the good of their patients? For we have agreed that a physician strictly so called, is a ruler of bodies, and not a maker of money, have we not?
  • Doctors

Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.
  • Education

No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
  • Education

In the world of knowledge, the essential Form of Good is the limit of our inquiries, and can barely be perceived; but, when perceived, we cannot help concluding that it is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful --in the visible world giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing, immediately and with full authority, truth and reason --and that whosoever would act wisely, either in private or in public, must set this Form of Good before his eyes.
  • Goodness

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

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
  • Greatness

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.
  • Heaven

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.
  • Learning

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.
  • Learning

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.
  • Music

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.
  • Philosophy

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.
  • Politics

All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
  • Professionalism

Whenever a person strives, by the help of dialectic, to start in pursuit of every reality by a simple process of reason, independent of all sensuous information -- never flinching, until by an act of the pure intelligence he has grasped the real nature of good -- he arrives at the very end of the intellectual world.
  • Reason

If the study of all these sciences which we have enumerated, should ever bring us to their mutual association and relationship, and teach us the nature of the ties which bind them together, I believe that the diligent treatment of them will forward the objects which we have in view, and that the labor, which otherwise would be fruitless, will be well bestowed.
  • Science

In particular I may mention Sophocles the poet, who was once asked in my presence, How do you feel about love, Sophocles? are you still capable of it? to which he replied, Hush! if you please: to my great delight I have escaped from it, and feel as if I had escaped from a frantic and savage master. I thought then, as I do now, that he spoke wisely. For unquestionably old age brings us profound repose and freedom from this and other passions.
  • Sex

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.
  • Space

We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
  • Storytelling

The democratic youth lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.
  • Students

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.
  • Teaching

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.
  • Tyranny

Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
  • Unity

For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches.
  • Wealth

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

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.
  • another

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.
  • knowledge

Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
  • afraid

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

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

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
  • affirms


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