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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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  • 1
    344
    45

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

  • 2
    322
    51

    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.

  • 3
    197
    25

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

  • 4
    172
    22

    Truth is its own reward.

  • 5
    185
    36

    Love is a serious mental disease.

  • 6
    185
    38

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

  • 7
    129
    13

    Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.

  • 8
    124
    18

    Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

  • 9
    115
    14

    We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

  • 10
    101
    9

    Only the dead have seen the end of war.

  • 11
    208
    76

    The first and the best victory is to conquer self.

  • 12
    206
    75

    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.

  • 13
    95
    10

    Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty.

  • 14
    106
    23

    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.

  • 15
    137
    45

    Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

  • 16
    83
    10

    Man is a being in search of meaning.

  • 17
    82
    10

    The beginning is the most important part of the work.

  • 18
    126
    41

    I have good hope that there is something after death.

  • 19
    148
    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.

  • 20
    106
    31

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

  • 21
    63
    6

    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.

  • 22
    58
    3

    The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines.

  • 23
    66
    10

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

  • 24
    63
    9

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

  • 25
    65
    11

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