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Plato Quotes on Wisdom & Knowledge (36 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")

  • Knowledge unqualified id knowledge simply of something learned.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • Then we shan't regard anyone as a lover of knowledge or wisdom who is fussy about what he studies…
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • There's no chance of their having a conscious glimpse of the truth as long as they refuse to disturb the things they take for granted and remain incapable of explaining them. For if your starting-point is unknown, and your end-point and intermediate stages are woven together out of unknown material, there may be coherence, but knowledge is completely out of the question.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
    (Plato)


  • Knowledge is true opinion.
    (Plato)

  • Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
    (Plato)

  • Someday, in the distant future, our grandchildren's grandchildren will develop a new equivalent of our classrooms. They will spend many hours in front of boxes with fires glowing within. May they have the wisdom to know the difference between light and knowledge.
    (Plato)

  • Moderation, which consists in an indifference about little things, and in a prudent and well-proportioned zeal about things of importance, can proceed from nothing but true knowledge, which has its foundation in self-acquaintance.
    (Plato)

  • Grant that I may become beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions may be in harmony with my inner self. May I consider the wise to be rich, and may I have such riches as only a person of self-restraint can bear or endure.
    (Plato)

  • A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
    (Plato)

  • I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with
    (Plato)

  • Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
    (Plato)

  • The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
    (Plato)

  • No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
    (Plato)


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