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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
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    46

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

  • 2
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    52

    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
    193
    24

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

  • 4
    141
    5

    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.

  • 5
    180
    34

    Love is a serious mental disease.

  • 6
    127
    14

    The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

  • 7
    104
    9

    Even the gods love jokes.

  • 8
    106
    11

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

  • 9
    98
    8

    Only the dead have seen the end of war.

  • 10
    206
    76

    The first and the best victory is to conquer self.

  • 11
    203
    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.

  • 12
    105
    22

    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.

  • 13
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    63

    Truth is its own reward.

  • 14
    97
    19

    Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.

  • 15
    81
    9

    All learning is in the learner, not the teacher.

  • 16
    91
    16

    When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

  • 17
    134
    46

    Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

  • 18
    80
    10

    Man is a being in search of meaning.

  • 19
    95
    21

    The wisest have the most authority.

  • 20
    79
    10

    The beginning is the most important part of the work.

  • 21
    121
    40

    I have good hope that there is something after death.

  • 22
    148
    62

    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.

  • 23
    77
    12

    Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

  • 24
    124
    50

    Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

  • 25
    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.