"Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something." — Plato

Plato Quotes

Plato Quotes – 25 The Best Ones

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

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”
— 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

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

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil 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

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”
— Plato (The Republic)

“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”
— Plato (The Symposium)

“Love is a serious mental disease.”
— Plato (Phaedrus)

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
— Plato

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

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

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
— Plato (The Republic)

“There is truth in wine and children”
— Plato (Symposium/Phaedrus)

“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”
— Plato

“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.”
— Plato

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”
— Plato (The Republic)

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings”
— Plato

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

“Those who tell the stories rule society.”
— Plato

“…and when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s sight, as I may say, even for a moment…”
— Plato (The Symposium)

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

“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”
— Plato

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