Fifty Quotes by Plato

Download free ebooks by Plato

Fifty Quotes by Plato

“We are twice armed if we fight with faith.”

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

“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.”

“Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.”

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”

“The very rich are not good.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

“This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.”

“For once touched by love, everyone becomes a poet.”

“As a breeze or an echo rebounds from the smooth rocks and returns whence it came, so does the stream of beauty, passing through the eyes which are the windows of the soul, come back to the beautiful one.”

“Neither family, nor privilege, nor wealth, nor anything but Love can light that beacon which a man must steer by when he sets out to live the better life.”

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

“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”

“Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.”

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

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

“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?”

“Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.”

“It is impossible that evils should be done away with, for there must always be something opposed to the good; and they… must inevitably hover about mortal nature and this earth. Therefore we ought to try to escape from earth to the dwelling of the gods as quickly as we can; and to escape is to become like God.”

“The attempt to separate everything from everything else is not only not in good taste but also shows that a man is utterly uncultivated and unphilosophical. The complete separation of each thing from all is the utterly final obliteration of all discourse. For our power of discourse is derived from the interweaving of the classes or ideas with one another.”

“No one should be discouraged, Theaetetus, who can make constant progress, even though it be slow.”

“I only wish that wisdom were the kind of thing that flowed … from the vessel that was full to the one that was empty.”

“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.”

“The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.”

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

“Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.”

“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.”

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

“Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.”

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

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

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

“Magic consists of, and is acquired by the worship of the gods.”

“It would be a hard task to discover the maker and father of this universe of ours, and even if we did find him, it would be impossible to speak of him to everyone.”

“Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.”

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

Back to top of page

More quotes...