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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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Wise men talk because they hav... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato

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We can easily forgive a child ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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The penalty good men pay for i... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato

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Do not train a child to learn ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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The first and the best victory... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
The first and the best victory is to conquer self. Plato

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Thinking is the talking of the... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. Plato

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Truth is its own reward. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Truth is its own reward. Plato

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Man is a being in search of me... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Man is a being in search of meaning. Plato

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In politics we presume that ev... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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I have good hope that there is... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
I have good hope that there is something after death. Plato

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Opinion is the medium between ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato

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Only the dead have seen the en... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Lea Tammi added Only the dead have seen the end of war.

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Love is a serious mental disea... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Love is a serious mental disease. Plato

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We are twice armed if we fight... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato

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The beginning is the most impo... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato

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All learning has an emotional ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
All learning has an emotional base. Plato

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At the touch of love, everyone... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. Plato

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All learning is in the learner... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
michaelj72 added All learning is in the learner, not the teacher.

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Poets utter great and wise thi... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Lea Tammi added Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.

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Necessity, who is the mother o... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
michaelj72 added Necessity, who is the mother of invention.

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The most important part of edu... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery. Plato

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He who commits injustice is ev... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. Plato

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A house that has a library in ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
michaelj72 added A house that has a library in it has a soul.

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music gives a soul to the univ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
JamesPaulBurns added music gives a soul to the universe, Wings to the mind, and Flight to the imagination, and Life to Everything...

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There are three classes of men... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. Plato

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Those who intend on becoming g... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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 good decision is based on kn... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato

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They deem him their worst enem... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth. Plato

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The punishment which the wise ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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Dictatorship naturally arises ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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Self conquest is the greatest ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Self conquest is the greatest of victories. Plato

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Knowledge becomes evil if the ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. Plato

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Honesty is for the most par le... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty. Plato

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Man is a two-legged animal wit... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Man is a two-legged animal without feathers. Plato

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Nothing in the affairs of men ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. Plato

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Let parents bequeath to their ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato

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The madness of love is the gre... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Lea Tammi added The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.

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Wisdom alone is the science of... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences. Plato

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Ignorance of all things is an ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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When the mind is thinking it i... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. Plato

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Old age has a great sense of c... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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For just as poets love their o... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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Even the gods love jokes. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Even the gods love jokes. Plato

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There are few people so stubbo... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
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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The measure of a man is what h... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
michaelj72 added The measure of a man is what he does with power.

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The wisest have the most autho... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
The wisest have the most authority. Plato

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Pleasure is the greatest incen... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil. Plato

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The most virtuous are those wh... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. Plato

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States are as the men, they gr... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. Plato

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Rhetoric is the art of ruling ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list A List of Famous Plato Quotes
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. Plato