Plato Quotes (310 Quotes)


    Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.

    The world is God's epistle to mankind - his thoughts are flashing upon us from every direction.

    Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.

    The music masters familiarizes children's minds with rhythms and melodies, thus making them more civilized, more balanced, better adjusted in themselves, and more capable in whatever they say or do, for rhythm and harmony are essential to the whole o

    Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.


    ... 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.

    Life must be lived as play.

    It is right to give every man his due.

    The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.

    One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

    Those who seek power are not worthy of that power.

    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.

    The measure of a man is what he does with power.

    For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.

    Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.

    Democracy passes into despotism.

    This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.

    Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

    The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.

    The life that is unexamined is not worth living.

    The excessive increase of anything often causes a reaction in the opposite direction.

    When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.

    The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal.

    Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

    Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.

    Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.

    One man cannot practice many arts with success.

    The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics

    Perfect wisdom has four parts, viz., wisdom, the principle of doing things aright justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private fortitude, the principle of not flying danger, but meeting it and temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately.

    He whom love touches not walks in darkness.


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