Plato Quotes on Literature (10 Quotes)


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

    Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

    At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

    In particular I may mention Sophocles the poet, who was once asked in my presence, ''How do you feel about love, Sophocles are you still capable of it'' to which he replied, ''Hush if you please to my great delight I have escaped from it, and feel as if I had escaped from a frantic and savage master.'' I thought then, as I do now, that he spoke wisely. For unquestionably old age brings us profound repose and freedom from this and other passions.

    What a poor appearance the tales of poets make when stripped of the colours which music puts upon them, and recited in simple prose.


    Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

    ... you did not seem to me over-fond of money. And this is the way in general with those who have not made it themselves, while those who have are twice as fond of it as anyone else. For just as poets are fond of their own poems, and fathers of their own children, so money-makers become devoted to money, not only because, like other people, they find it useful, but because its their own creation.

    Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.

    The productions of all arts are kinds of poetry and their craftsmen are all poets.

    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.


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