Plato Quotes On Love, Life, Truth, Success, Politics, Knowledge

Plato was an Athenian philosopher. He is the founder of the Platonist school of thought and the Academy. Here we have shared Plato quotes on love, life, truth, success, politics, democracy, justice, education, self, knowledge, inspirational, and motivational.

Plato was born on 428/427 or 424/423 BC in Athens, Greece, and died on 348/347 BC (age c. 80) in Athens, Greece.

Best Plato quotes

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

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

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

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

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. – Plato

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Love is a serious mental disease. – Plato

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

Democracy passes into despotism. – Plato

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. – 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

It is right to give every man his due. – Plato

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

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No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. – 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

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

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

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

Death is not the worst that can happen to men. – Plato

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

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Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance. – Plato

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. – Plato

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

The opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. – Plato

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

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. – Plato

Life must be lived as play. – Plato

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

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

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The greatest wealth is to live content with little. – Plato

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

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

Man – a being in search of meaning. – Plato

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

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less. – Plato

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

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

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

We are twice armed if we fight with faith. – Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear. – Plato

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At a touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. – Plato

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

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

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

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

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. – Plato

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Knowledge is true opinion. – Plato

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. – Plato

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. – Plato

He who is not a good servant will not be a good master. – Plato

To be sure I must, and therefore I may assume that your silence gives consent. – Plato

Science is nothing but perception. – 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

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

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

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

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

When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure. – 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

The good is beautiful. – Plato

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

To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed. – Plato

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions. – Plato

To go to the world below, having a soul that is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils. – Plato

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

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied by ill bringing-up, are far more fatal. – Plato

One man cannot practice many arts with success. – Plato

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Knowledge becomes evil if the aim is not virtuous. – 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

Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails. – Plato

They certainly give very strange names to diseases. – Plato

The gods’ service is tolerable, man’s intolerable.– Plato

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

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

The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine. – Plato

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

The wisest have the most authority. – Plato

Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand. – Plato

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. – Plato

Courage is a kind of salvation. – Plato

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

It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other. – Plato

Philosophy begins in wonder. – Plato

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

The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless. – Plato

The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state. – Plato

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. – 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 are accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune. – Plato

No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. – Plato

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern. – Plato

No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return. – Plato

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

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

Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do. – 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

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

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. – Plato

Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety. – Plato

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

I would fain grow old learning many things. – Plato

It is a common saying, and in everybody’s mouth, that life is but a sojourn. – Plato

If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals. – Plato

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

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. – Plato

A man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways. – Plato

Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly. – 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

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. – Plato

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

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

Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences. – Plato

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

Then not only custom but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice and that justice is equality. – Plato

Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man. – Plato

Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole and not that of anyone’s class. – Plato

A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants. – Plato

As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. – Plato

There is no harm in repeating a good thing. – Plato

The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it’s almost impossible to stamp out. – Plato

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly. – Plato

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

Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. – Plato

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. – Plato

Philosophy is the highest music.– Plato

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

There’s a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. – Plato

Wealth is well known to be a great comforter. – Plato

We do not learn, and what we call learning is only a process of recollection. – Plato

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

Then not only an old man but also a drunkard becomes a second time a child. – Plato

We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue. – Plato

There is no such thing as a lovers’ oath. – Plato

He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power. – Plato

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

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. – 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

Necessity… the mother of invention. – Plato

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

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. – Plato

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