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Quotes by Plato - (56 quotes)

Plato - From the Anxiety category:

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

Plato - From the Art category:

Art has no end but its own perfection. (Plato)

Plato - From the Authority category:

The wisest have the most authority. (Plato)

Plato - From the Beauty category:

For he who would proceed aright... should begin in youth to visit beautiful forms... out of that he should create fair thoughts; and soon he will of himself perceive that the beauty of one form is akin to the beauty of another, and that beauty in every form is one and the same. (Plato)

Plato - From the Beginning category:

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

Plato - From the Construction category:

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

Plato - From the Contentment category:

The greatest wealth is to live content with little. (Plato)

Plato - From the Copying category:

There is no harm in repeating a good thing. (Plato)

Plato - From the Courage category:

Courage is a kind of salvation. (Plato)

Plato - From the Criticism category:

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

Plato - From the Deception category:

Everything that deceives may be said to enchant. (Plato)

Plato - From the Drunkenness category:

He was a wise man who invented beer. (Plato)

Plato - From the Education category:

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

Plato - From the Encouragement category:

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. (Plato)

Plato - From the Excellence category:

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

Plato - From the Fear category:

Courage is knowing what not to fear. (Plato)

Plato - From the Goodness category:

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. (Plato)

Plato - From the Goodness category:

The good is the beautiful. (Plato)

Plato - From the Greatness category:

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)

Plato - From the Happiness category:

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)

Plato - From the Health category:

Attention to health is the greatest hindrance to life. (Plato)

Plato - From the Health category:

They certainly give very strange names to diseases. (Plato)

Plato - From the Humanity category:

Man - a being in search of meaning. (Plato)

Plato - From the Invention category:

Necessity... the mother of invention. (Plato)

Plato - From the Knowledge category:

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

Plato - From the Knowledge category:

Knowledge is true opinion. (Plato)

Plato - From the Life category:

Life must be lived as play. (Plato)

Plato - From the Love category:

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)

Plato - From the Love category:

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the gods. (Plato)

Plato - From the Meaning category:

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

Plato - From the Money category:

Wealth is well known to be a great comforter. (Plato)

Plato - From the Muse category:

The man who arrives at the doors of artistic creation with none of the madness of the Muses would be convinced that technical ability alone was enough to make an artist... what that man creates by means of reason will pale before the art of inspired beings. (Plato)

Plato - From the Music category:

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything. (Plato)

Plato - From the Music category:

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, becuase rhythm and harmony find their way into the secret places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul graceful of him who is rightly educated, or ungraceful of him who is ill-educated. (Plato)

Plato - From the Opposites category:

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)

Plato - From the Philosophy category:

Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher; and philosophy begins in wonder. (Plato)

Plato - From the Philosophy category:

The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being. (Plato)

Plato - From the Play category:

And yet the artist will go on with his work without knowing in some way if any of his representations are sound or unsound. The artist knows nothing worth mentioning about the subjects he represents, and that art is a form of play, not to be taken seriously. (Plato)

Plato - From the Poetry category:

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

Plato - From the Poetry category:

...for a poet is a light and winged thing, and holy, and never able to compose until he has become inspired, and is beside himself, and reason is no longer in him. (Plato)

Plato - From the Politics category:

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

Plato - From the Politics category:

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

Plato - From the Power category:

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

Plato - From the Production category:

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)

Plato - From the Prosperity category:

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)

Plato - From the Religion category:

God is truth and light his shadow. (Plato)

Plato - From the Silence category:

Your silence gives consent. (Plato)

Plato - From the Struggle category:

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. (Plato)

Plato - From the Thinking category:

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. (Plato)

Plato - From the Time category:

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

Plato - From the Truth category:

A man's duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life. (Plato)

Plato - From the Tyranny category:

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

Plato - From the Universe category:

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

Plato - From the Wisdom category:

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

Plato - From the Words category:

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

Plato - From the Work category:

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