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"What harsh judges fathers are to all young men!"
Terence
Plato Quotes
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
Plato

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
Plato

All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
Plato

Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
Plato

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
Plato

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
Plato

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

Courage is a kind of salvation.
Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Plato

Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
Plato

Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Plato

Democracy passes into despotism.
Plato

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Plato

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
Plato

For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
Plato

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

He was a wise man who invented beer.
Plato

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.
Plato

He who is of 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.
Plato

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
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

I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.
Plato

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Plato

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
Plato

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
Plato

Is it not also true that no physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers or enjoins what is for the physician's interest, but that all seek the good of their patients? For we have agreed that a physician strictly so called, is a ruler of bodies, and not a maker of money, have we not?
Plato

It is right to give every man his due.
Plato

Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
Plato

Knowledge is true opinion.
Plato

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Plato

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

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Plato

Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.
Plato

Love is a serious mental disease.
Plato

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
Plato

Man - a being in search of meaning.
Plato

Moderation, which consists in an indifference about little things, and in a prudent and well-proportioned zeal about things of importance, can proceed from nothing but true knowledge, which has its foundation in self-acquaintance.
Plato

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

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
Plato

Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
Plato

Necessity... the mother of invention.
Plato

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
Plato

No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
Plato

Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
Plato

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
Plato

Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.
Plato

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

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
Plato

Philosophy is the highest music
Plato

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
Plato

Science is nothing but perception.
Plato

States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
Plato

That politician who curries favor with the citizens and indulges them and fawns upon them and has a presentiment of their wishes, and is skillful in gratifying them, he is esteemed a great statesman.
Plato

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

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.
Plato

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

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
Plato

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
Plato

The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
Plato

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
Plato

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
Plato

The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
Plato

The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
Plato

The wisest have the most authority.
Plato

Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded
Plato

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

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

There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
Plato

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.
Plato

These, then, will be some of the features of democracy... it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, parti-colored commonwealth, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not.
Plato

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
Plato

They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.
Plato

Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself.
Plato

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Plato

This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
Plato

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Plato

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

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
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

We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
Plato

Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
Plato

Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
Plato

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

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

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Plato

When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
Plato

Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
Plato

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
Plato

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

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

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