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Plato Quotes on Life (12 Quotes)


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  • The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, and his life is full of foreboding: but the man who is conscious of no wrongdoing is filled with cheerfulness and with the comfort of old age.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • For neither birth, nor wealth, nor honors, can awaken in the minds of men the principles which should guide those who from their youth aspire to an honorable and excellent life, as Love awakens them
    (Plato)

  • 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)

  • I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.
    (Plato)

  • Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
    (Plato)


  • I think a man's duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life
    (Plato)

  • Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
    (Plato)

  • If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
    (Plato)

  • It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.
    (Plato)

  • Life must be lived as play.
    (Plato)

  • No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
    (Plato)

  • The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.
    (Plato)


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