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60 Powerful And Inspirational Quotes From Plato, The Father Of Western Philosophy

Plato Quotes

Plato,(born 428/427 BCE, Athens, Greece—died 348/347, Athens), is best known as the author of great philosophical works. He was the student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle. Plato as a young man was a member of the circle around Socrates. The works of Plato commonly referred to as “Socratic” represent the sort of thing the historical Socrates was doing.

Here are 60 most powerful and inspirational Plato quotes on knowledge, life, wisdom and democracy.

1. The excessive increase in anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction–Plato

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2. Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. –Plato

 

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

 

4. Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. -Plato

 

5. Thinking – the talking of the soul with itself. -Plato

 

6. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” -Plato

 

7. 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

 

8. Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.  -Plato

 

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

 

10. There are three classes of men: lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. -Plato

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11. The beginning is the most important part of the work. -Plato

 

12. 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

 

13. Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act rightly because we are excellent, in fact we achieve excellence by acting rightly. -Plato

 

14. We are twice armed if we fight with faith. -Plato

 

15. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato

 

16. 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

 

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

 

18. The one who learns and learns and doesn’t practice is like the one who plows and plows and never plants. -Plato

 

19. There is no harm in repeating a good thing. -Plato

 

20. The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings. -Plato

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21. And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. -Plato

 

22. The right question is usually more important than the right answer. -Plato

 

23. 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

 

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

 

25. The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. -Plato

 

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

 

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

 

28. Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.-Plato

 

29. False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. -Plato

 

30. Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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31. An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers. -Plato

 

32. Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. -Plato

 

33. No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth. -Plato

 

34. There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. -Plato

 

35. No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education. -Plato

 

36. Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

 

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

 

38. The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. -Plato

 

39. If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things. -Plato

 

40. Courage is knowing what not to fear. -Plato

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41. Poverty doesn’t come because of the decrease of wealth but because of the increase of desires. -Plato

 

42. You should not honor men more than truth. -Plato

 

43. Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. -Plato

 

44. “Poets utter great and wise things which they themselves do not understand.” -Plato

 

45. A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. -Plato

 

46. Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. -Plato

 

47. 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

 

48. I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. -Plato

 

49. Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind. -Plato

 

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

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51. When you feel grateful, you become great, and eventually attract great things. -Plato

 

52. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. -Plato

 

53. Wealth, and poverty; one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent. – Plato

 

54. The greatest wealth is to live content with little. -Plato

 

55. Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. -Plato

 

56. You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. -Plato

 

57. If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools. -Plato

 

58. If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things. -Plato

 

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

60. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. -Plato

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