Plato Quotes

Plato

Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC - 399 BC)

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

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All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

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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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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.

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Pleasure is the bait of sin.

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At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

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When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust l

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The beginning is the most important part of the work.

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They certainly give very strange names to diseases.

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

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The unexamined life is not worth living to a human.

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But, my dearest Agathon, it is truth which you cannot contradict; you can without any difficulty contradict Socrates.

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...Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded...

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Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.

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

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He was a wise man who invented God.

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

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He who does not desire power is fit to hold it.

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But, my dearest Agathon, it is truth which you cannot contradict; you can without any difficulty contradict Socrates.

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Philosophy is the highest music.

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Friends have all things in common.

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

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

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The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.

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

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You cannot conceive the many without the one.

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The greatest penalty of evildoing - namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.

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You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.

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

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.

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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.

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We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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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.

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No human thing is of serious importance.

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For this invention of yours will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn it, by causing them to neglect their memory, inasmuch as, from their confidence in writing, they will recollect by the external aid of foreign symbols, and not by the internal use of their own faculties. Your discovery, therefore, is a medicine not for memory, but for recollection-for recalling to, not for keeping in mind.

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You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.

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Death is not the worst than can happen to men.

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Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.

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Man...is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.

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Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.

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

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

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

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Courage is knowing what not to fear.

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All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

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

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Science is nothing but perception.

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

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

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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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Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is god, just, and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but never less, dazzaling, passionate, and eternal form.

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But already it is time to depart, for me to die, for you to go on living; which of us takes the better course, is concealed from anyone except God.

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

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

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We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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Just as it would be madness to settle on medical treatment for the body of a person by taking an opinion poll of the neighbors, so it is irrational to prescribe for the body politic by polling the opinions of the people at large.

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Knowledge is true opinion.

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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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Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended.

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Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten imparting grace.

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If one has made a mistake, and fails to correct it, one has made a greater mistake.

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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

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

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

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

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

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We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

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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.

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

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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

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As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have least with are the greatest babblers.

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Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

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