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Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, powerful, and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
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Here are 75 must-read Plato quotes I’ve collected.
And you’ll be fascinated by the topics:
Plato is one of the first philosophers I’ve discovered back in 2004.
I remember the first time I read his quote “be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” as I was struggling with the loss of my girlfriend.
(I then discovered it was misattributed☹️)
What will you learn from Plato?
- How to think more critically
- The importance of self-care (body, mind, spirit)
- Why you must pursue truth, logic, and excellence
But who was Plato exactly?
- An ancient Greek philosopher
- Born around 428 BC and died around 348 BC
- A student of Socrates, and a teacher to Aristotle
- A writer and teacher who laid the foundation of Western philosophy
So, want to see the quotes and how you can implement them in your life?
The Best Plato Quotes
The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
Never discourage anyone… who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. Plato
A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things. Plato
Follow your dream as long as you live, do not lessen the time of following desire, for wasting time is an abomination of the spirit. Plato
Nothing taught by force stays in the soul. Plato
Reality is created by the mind. We can change our reality by changing our mind. Plato
To begin is the most important part of any quest and by far the most courageous. Plato
You should not honor men more than truth. Plato
No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth. Plato
Character is simply habit long continued. Plato
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Plato
Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato
Know thyself. Plato
Plato Quotes On Education
Education is teaching our children to desire the right things. Plato
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. Plato
Better to complete a small task well, than to do much imperfectly. Plato
The one who learns and learns and doesn’t practice is like the one who plows and plows and never plants. Plato
Don’t force your children into your ways, for they were created for a time different from your own. Plato
True education, whatever that may be, will have the greatest tendency to civilize and humanize them in their relations to one another. Plato
A house that has a library in it has a soul. Plato
The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful. Plato
The right question is usually more important than the right answer. Plato
Do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent. Plato
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato
In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these means, man can attain perfection. Plato
If one has made a mistake, and fails to correct it, one has made a greater mistake. Plato
I am trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts. Plato
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being. Plato
Writing is the geometry of the soul. Plato
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Plato Quotes On Justice, Morality
Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns. Plato
Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil. Plato
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
No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself. Plato
The universal voice of mankind is always declaring that justice and virtue are honourable, but grievous and toilsome. Plato
Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. Plato
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato
Justice is the excellence of the soul, and injustice the defect of the soul. Plato
Injustice creates divisions and hatreds and fighting, and justice imparts harmony and friendship. Plato
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant. Plato
Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. Plato
Plato Quotes On Politics
The measure of a man is what he does with power. Plato
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
The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself. Plato
He who is not a good servant will not be a good master. Plato
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery. Plato
In democracy, people get the government they deserve. Plato
Those who tell the stories rule society. Plato
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Plato Quotes On Philosophy, Life
Philosophy is the highest music. Plato
The first and the best victory is to conquer self. Plato
A good decision is based on knowledge and not numbers. Plato
Is not the love of learning the love of wisdom, which is philosophy? Plato
Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land is good, you cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. Plato
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
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
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Plato
Those who love the truth in each thing are to be called lovers of wisdom and not lovers of opinion. Plato
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato
Your silence gives consent. Plato
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. Plato
Happiness springs from doing good and helping others. Plato
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something. Plato
Perfect wisdom has four parts: Wisdom, the principle of doing things aright. Justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private. Fortitude, the principle of not fleeing danger, but meeting it. Temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately. Plato (Related: Cardinal Virtues on Wikipedia)
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Plato
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Plato
Is there anything more akin to wisdom than truth? Plato
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. Plato
Love is a serious mental disease. Plato
He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato
No human thing is of serious importance. Plato
Life must be lived as play. Plato
Key Takeaways From Plato’s Quotes
- You don’t need much to live a happy life
- Study yourself
- Study philosophy
- Gain knowledge
- Surround yourself with good people
- Live with justice, courage, temperance
- Take care of yourself (body, mind, spirit)
- Education is vital. Learn something new every day by reaching, thinking, and doing.
- Live with justice and integrity. Don’t focus on what others say or do. Focus on excellence.
- Be involved in your community. Teach others. Lead others. Otherwise, you’ll be led by inferiors.
- Be willing to look like an idiot. Make learning and teaching your goal. Make life worth living. Play!
What are the best sources and books for Plato?
You can find the quotes above in the following books on Amazon:
- The Republic (free online version)
- The Apology (free online version)
- The Symposium (free online version)
- Meno (free online version)
- Gorgias (free online version)
- Theaetetus (free online version)
- Phaedrus (free online version)
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