Plato quotes

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

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Plato quotes

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

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

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“Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.”

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

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

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“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”

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“Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil.”

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

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“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

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“No human thing is of serious importance.”

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“No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.”

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“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

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“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. ”

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“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”

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“That man is wisest who, like Socrates, realizes that his wisdom is worthless.”

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

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

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

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“The untrained mind keeps up a running commentary, labelling everything, judging everything. Best to ignore that commentary. Don’t argue or resist, just ignore. Deprived of attention and interest, this voice gets quieter and quieter and eventually just shuts up.”

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“The wisest have the most authority.”

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

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“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.”

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“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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“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.”

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“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

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“Writing is the geometry of the soul.”

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

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