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A List of Famous Plato Quotes

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This list of quotes from Plato features all the best Plato quotes on various subjects, from love to philosophy, and more. The Plato quotations list below is sorted by popularity, so only the best quotes are at the top of the list. Enjoy these sayings coined by Plato. A Classical Greek philosopher, Plato was noted for his wisdom and intellect. He also founded the Academy in Athens, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in history. As a result, quotes by Plato are read and studied the world over.

From Plato love quotes to that Plato music quote on the tip of your tongue, you'll find all his notable sayings and excerpts on any topic here. Given his field, there are may philosophy quotes from Plato on this list, among Plato quotes on education, politics, and democracy as well. Read on to learn more about this highly important figure and maybe even memorize one of the Plato famous quotes listed below to impress your friends and expand your mind.

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

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    Truth is its own reward. 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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    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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    Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. 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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    Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. Plato

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    I have good hope that there is something after death. 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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    The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato

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

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    Man is a being in search of meaning. Plato

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

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

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    The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery. 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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    Man is a two-legged animal without feathers. 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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    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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    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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    Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. 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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    Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. 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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    There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. 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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    Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty. Plato

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    Even the gods love jokes. 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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    music gives a soul to the universe, Wings to the mind, and Flight to the imagination, and Life to Everything...

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

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

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    States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. 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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    Self conquest is the greatest of victories. 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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    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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    Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. 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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    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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