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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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    47

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

    Plato
  • 2
    333
    54

    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
  • 3
    210
    29

    The first and the best victory is to conquer self.

    Plato
  • 4
    195
    24

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

    Plato
  • 5
    172
    24

    Truth is its own reward.

    Plato
  • 6
    183
    38

    Love is a serious mental disease.

    Plato
  • 7
    153
    24

    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
  • 8
    122
    15

    I have good hope that there is something after death.

    Plato
  • 9
    130
    20

    Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

    Plato
  • 10
    114
    14

    We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

    Plato
  • 11
    102
    9

    Only the dead have seen the end of war.

  • 12
    215
    77

    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
  • 13
    141
    46

    Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

    Plato
  • 14
    85
    11

    Man is a being in search of meaning.

    Plato
  • 15
    84
    11

    The beginning is the most important part of the work.

    Plato
  • 16
    65
    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.

    Plato
  • 17
    66
    14

    Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.

  • 18
    104
    45

    At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

    Plato
  • 19
    53
    6

    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
  • 20
    65
    15

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

    Plato
  • 21
    53
    7

    I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

    Plato
  • 22
    90
    39

    All learning has an emotional base.

    Plato
  • 23
    59
    14

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

    Plato
  • 24
    67
    22

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

  • 25
    70
    27

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

    Plato
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