Plato Quotes (310 Quotes)


    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.

    I shall assume that your silence gives consent.

    We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.

    Is it not also true that no physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers or enjoins what is for the physician's interest, but that all seek the good of their patients For we have agreed that a physician strictly so called, is a ruler of bodies, and not a maker of money, have we not

    Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.


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

    Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and on earth and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted

    The plight of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil man.

    To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.

    Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.

    If one has made a mistake, and fails to correct it, one has made a greater mistake.

    Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.

    The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.

    Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.

    Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

    A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.

    The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.

    Justice is having and doing what is one's own.

    Pleasure is the bait of sin.

    Courage is knowing what not to fear.

    Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.

    We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.

    Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

    Necessity... the mother of invention.

    In the world of knowledge, the essential Form of Good is the limit of our inquiries, and can barely be perceived but, when perceived, we cannot help concluding that it is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful --in the visible world giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing, immediately and with full authority, truth and reason --and that whosoever would act wisely, either in private or in public, must set this Form of Good before his eyes.

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

    When there is an income tax, the just will pay more and the unjust less

    The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of bad men.

    The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs when he first appears he is a protector.

    The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.


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