Plato Quotes on Philosophy (10 Quotes)


    There is a constant suspicion that headache and giddiness are to be ascribed to philosophy, and hence all practising or making trial of virtue in the higher sense is absolutely stopped; for a man is always fancying that he is being made ill, and is in constant anxiety about the state of his body.

    The democratic youth lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.

    My philosophy is when in Rome, do like the Romans do - so I'll be looking cool, talking to pretty women and eating ice cream. At least I'm quite good at doing two of those things

    There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.

    Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.


    A philosopher is one who desires to discern the truth.

    Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.

    Homosexuality, is regarded as shameful by barbarians and by those who live under despotic governments just as philosophy is regarded as shameful by them, because it is apparently not in the interest of such rulers to have great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful friendships or passionate love-all of which homosexuality is particularly apt to produce.

    Philosophy is the highest music.

    Philosophy begins in wonder.


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