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

— Plato

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If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.

546

A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.

454

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

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Plato quote No one is more hated than he who speaks

No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.

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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.

399

No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.

393

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

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Plato quote Those who tell the stories rule society.

Those who tell the stories rule society.

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

252

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. Improve the World Through Music.

246

Love is a serious mental disease.

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Plato quote At the touch of love, everyone becomes a

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

23

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

196

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

185

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

173
Plato quote Courage is knowing what not to fear.

Courage is knowing what not to fear.

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About Plato

Quotes 945 sayings
Nationality Greek
Profession Philosopher
Birthday 427 BC

The first and the best victory is to conquer self.

167

Someday, in the distant future, our grand-children' s grand-children will develop a new equivalent of our classrooms. They will spend many hours in front of boxes with fires glowing within. May they have the wisdom to know the difference between light and knowledge.

160

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

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Plato quote Your silence gives consent.

Your silence gives consent.

55

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.

132

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

120

The right question is usually more important than the right answer.

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Plato quote The first and greatest victory is to con

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself.

56

He who is of a calm and happy nature, will hardly feel the pressure of age

111

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

110

Man is a being in search of meaning.

107

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

103

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds.

101

Atheism is a disease of the soul before it becomes an error of understanding.

99

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul

98

According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.

95

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

93

The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.

91

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

90

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

87

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being

85

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

83

A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.

82

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

81

Poverty doesn't come because of the decrease of wealth but because of the increase of desires.

80

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

78

Thinking is the soul talking to itself.

75

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

75

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

72

Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.

67

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

63

A true artist is someone who gives birth to a new reality.

62

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.

62

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

59

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

58

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

58

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.

56

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

56

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.

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