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A List of Famous Plato Quotes

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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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    Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. 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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    The first and the best victory is to conquer self. 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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    Truth is its own reward. Plato

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    Love is a serious mental disease. Plato

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

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    Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato

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    We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato

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    I have good hope that there is something after death. Plato

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    Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. Plato

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    All learning has an emotional base. Plato

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    At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. 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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    The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato

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

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

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    Man is a being in search of meaning. Plato

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    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. Plato

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

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    Man is a two-legged animal without feathers. Plato

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

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

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    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. Plato

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    A well begun is half ended. Plato

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

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

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

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    Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil. Plato

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    Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences. Plato

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

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

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    Even the gods love jokes. Plato

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

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

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    When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. 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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    They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases. Plato

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    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. Plato

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    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. Plato

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

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

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

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

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    The wisest have the most authority. Plato

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

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

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    Attention to health is life greatest hindrance. Plato

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

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