Plato Quotes

Who is Plato?

Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens. He was a student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle.

Plato is best known for his allegory of the cave and for quoting Socrates since the latter didn't leave us any books or letters. Another well known contribution by Plato is the theory of Forms.

The quote "Opinion is the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self." has been wrongly attributed to Plato since he did not say or write it.

It was actually Bill Bullard who said this in a speech, based on a quote by George Eliot.

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“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”

Plato

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

Plato

“A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.”

Plato

“All I really know is the extent of my own ignorance.”

Plato

“All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one workman.”

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

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“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”

Plato

“Books are immortal sons defying their sires.”

Plato

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

Plato

“Character is simply habit long continued.”

Plato

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

Plato

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

Plato

“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.”

Plato

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

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

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“Think how different human societies would be if they were based on love rather than justice. But no such societies have ever existed on earth.”


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“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”

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 God.”

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

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

Plato

“Ideas are the source of all things.”

Plato

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

Plato

“If I am right, certain professors of education must be wrong when they say that they can put a knowledge into the soul which was not there before, like sight into blind eyes.”

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

“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.”

Plato

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

Plato

“Knowledge is the food of the soul.”

Plato

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

Plato

“Man is a being in search of meaning.”

Plato

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“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”


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