Plato Quotes (310 Quotes)


    Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.

    The elements of instruction should be presented to the mind in childhood, but not with any compulsion.

    Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.

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

    There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.


    The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.

    Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.

    Man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door of his prison and run away.... A man should wait, and not take his own life until God summons hiom.

    No one will convince me.

    The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.

    The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable.

    The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

    A philosopher is one who desires to discern the truth.

    The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.

    Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

    Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.

    Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable, inasmuch as he has the fountain of reason in him not yet regulated.

    Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.

    The life which is unexamined is not worth living.

    Let early education be a sort of amusement you will then be better able to find out the natural bent.

    Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.

    The soul takes nothing with her to the other world but her education and culture and these, it is said, are of the greatest service or of the greatest injury to the dead man, at the very beginning of his journey hither.

    All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.

    For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

    The life which is not examined is not worth living.

    Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.

    Whenever a person strives, by the help of dialectic, to start in pursuit of every reality by a simple process of reason, independent of all sensuous information never flinching, until by an act of the pure intelligence he has grasped the real nature of good he arrives at the very end of the intellectual world.

    All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

    Virtue is a kind of health, beauty and good habit of the soul.

    They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.


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