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Plato Quotes on Art (6 Quotes)


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  • And whenever any one informs us that he has found a man who knows all the arts, and all things else that anybody knows, and every single thing with a higher degree of accuracy than any other man -whoever tells us this, I think that we can only imagine him to be a simple creature who is likely to have been deceived by some wizard or actor whom he met, and whom he thought all-knowing, because he himself was unable to analyze the nature of knowledge and ignorance and imitation.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • Well, my art of midwifery is in most respects like theirs but differs, in that I attend men and not women, and I look after their souls when they are in labor, and not after their bodies and the triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble and true birth.
    (Plato)

  • Medicine is an art, and attends to the nature and constitution of the patient, and has principles of action And reason in each case.
    (Plato)

  • Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
    (Plato)

  • The productions of all arts are kinds of poetry and their craftsmen are all poets.
    (Plato)


  • He who not being inspired and having no touch of madness in his soul comes to the door and thinkshe will get into the temple by the help of art - he, I say, and his poetry are not admitted.
    (Plato)


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