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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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    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.

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

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    Necessity, who is the mother of invention.

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

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    A house that has a library in it has a soul.

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    Homosexuality, is regarded as shameful by barbarians and by those who live under despotic governments just as philosophy is regarded as shameful by them, because it is apparently not in the interest of such rulers to have great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful friendships or passionate love - all of which homosexuality is particularly apt to produce.

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    Self conquest is the greatest of victories.

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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.

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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.

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    Even the gods love jokes.

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    All learning is in the learner, not the teacher.

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    Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty.

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    Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.

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

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    The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines.

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    The measure of a man is what he does with power.

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

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    Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.

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    Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?

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

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    The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.

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    Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.

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    When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

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    The wisest have the most authority.

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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.