Plato Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Plato quotes and Plato sayings, and Plato proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Let each one of us leave every other kind of knowledge and seek and follow one thing only, if peradventure he may be able to learn and find some one who will make him able to learn and discern between good and evil, and so to choose always and everywhere the better life as he has opportunity."

"Democracy passes into despotism."

"Do not train children to learn by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each."

"Death is not the worst that can happen to men."

"To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it."

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

"He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it."

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

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

"The soul of man is immortal and imperishable."

"Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others."

"Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education."

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."

"Education in music is most sovereign because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the innermost soul and take strongest hold upon it"

"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."

"Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds."

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity."

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

"The part can never be well unless the whole is well."

"Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns."

"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."

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

"Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike."

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

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

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

"When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself."

"Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones."

"He was a wise man who invented beer."

"He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden."

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