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A List of Famous Plato Quotes

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A list of quotes from Plato. Here are the best Plato quotes on various subjects. The Plato quotations list is sorted by popularity, so only the best quotes are at the top of the list. Enjoy these sayings coined by Plato. You're able to copy this factual list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share with your friends. If you want to expand your philosophical mind see our Sun Tzu quotes, Socrates quotes and knowledge quotes.
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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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    Love is a serious mental disease. Plato

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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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    All learning has an emotional base. Plato

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    We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato

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    Truth is its own reward. 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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    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 most important part of education is proper training in the nursery. Plato

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    The first and the best victory is to conquer self. Plato

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    Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. Plato

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    At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. Plato

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    Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato

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

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    He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. 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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    Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato

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    A well begun is half ended. 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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    Man is a two-legged animal without feathers. Plato

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    Man is a being in search of meaning. Plato

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

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

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    The beginning is the most important part of the work. 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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    Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences. 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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    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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    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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    They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth. Plato

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    Even the gods love jokes. 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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    new! 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. 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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    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. Plato

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    Attention to health is life greatest hindrance. Plato

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

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    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. Plato

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    There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good. 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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    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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    He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him. 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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    When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them. Plato

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    When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. Plato

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    Wealth is well known to be a great comforter. Plato

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

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