Plato Quotes

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

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

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

“Love is a serious mental disease.”

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

“I'm trying to think, don't confuse me with facts.”

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”

“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.”

“There is truth in wine and children”

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

“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”

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

“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”

“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.”

“Do not train a child to learn by force or 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.”

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

“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.”

“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.”

“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

“When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.”

“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?”

“A house that has a library in it has a soul.”

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”

“An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.”

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

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”

“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.”

“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.””

“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”

“You should not honor men more than truth.”

“In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.”


428 BC - 347 BC