Plato quotes

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Looking for relevent quotes for this blog, you can not miss a Plato quote popping up. Plato was a philosopher in classical Greece. He died in 348/347 BC at the age of 80. He was the founder of the Academy in Athens and wrote a lot about education and philosophy. His ideas have last the test of time and are more relevent than ever. The following list is 30 quotes by the philosopher, Plato.

  • “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”
    ― Plato
  • “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
    ― Plato
  • “According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”
    ― Plato, The Symposium
  • “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
    ― Plato, The Republic
  • “good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws”
    ― Plato
  • “Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”
    ― Plato
  • “The measure of a man is what he does with power.”
    ― Plato
  • “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. ”
    ― Plato
  • “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”
    ― Plato
  • “You should not honor men more than truth.”
    ― Plato
  • “How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state? ”
    ― Plato
  • “Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.”
    ― Plato
  • “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”
    ― Plato
  • “There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.”
    Plato, The Republic
  • “Writing is the geometry of the soul. ”
    ― Plato
  • “For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy.”
    ― Plato, Theaetetus
  • “Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together; it tries to make one out of two and heal the wound of human nature.”
    ― Plato, The Symposium
  • “To be afraid of death is only another form of thinking that one is wise when one is not; it is to think that one knows what one does not know. No one knows with regard to death wheather it is not really the greatest blessing that can happen to man; but people dread it as though they were certain it is the greatest evil.” -The Last Days of Socrates”
    ― Plato
  • “Man…is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.”
    ― Plato
  • “Knowledge is the food of the soul.”
    ― Plato
  • “When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them then he is always stirring up some wary or other in order that the people may require a leader.”
    ― Plato
  • “Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”
    ― Plato, The Republic
  • “It is the task of the enlightened not only to ascend to learning and to see the good but to be willing to descend again to those prisoners and to share their troubles and their honors, whether they are worth having or not. And this they must do, even with the prospect of death.”
    ― Plato, The Allegory of the Cave
  • “To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.”
    ― Plato
  • “True opinions are a fine thing and do all sorts of good so long as they stay in their place; but they will not stay long. They run away from a man’s mind, so they are not worth much until you tether them by working out the reason. Once they are tied down, they become knowledge, and are stable.”
    ― Plato
  • “What shall we say about those spectators, then, who can see a plurality of beautiful things, but not beauty itself, and who are incapable of following if someone else tries to lead them to it, and who can see many moral actions, but not morality itself, and so on? That they only ever entertain beliefs, and do not know any of the things they believe?”
    ― Plato, The Republic
  • “No matter how hard you fight the darkness, every light casts a shadow, and the closer you get to the light, the darker that shadow becomes.”
    ― Plato, Critias
  • “I prefer nothing, unless it is true.”
    ― Plato, Euthyphro
  • “Time is the moving image of eternity.”
    ― Plato
  • “Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.”
    ― Plato

Plato has hundreds of more quotes. I have The Allegory of the Cave book to read from Plato. I will review that book so I have more Plato content.

 

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