Plato Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Plato Quotes and Sayings

  • 1
    A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 2
    A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 3
    A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 4
    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. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 5
    All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 6
    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 | Refcard PDF
  • 7
    And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 8
    Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 9
    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 | Refcard PDF
  • 10
    As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 11
    Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 12
    At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 13
    Attention to health is life greatest hindrance. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 14
    Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 15
    Courage is a kind of salvation. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 16
    Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 17
    Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 18
    Death is not the worst that can happen to men. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 19
    Democracy passes into despotism. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 20
    Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 21
    Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 22
    Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 23
    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 | Refcard PDF
  • 24
    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 | Refcard PDF
  • 25
    Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 26
    For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 27
    For good nurture and education implant good constitutions. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 28
    For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 29
    Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 30
    Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 31
    Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 32
    He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 33
    He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 34
    He who is not a good servant will not be a good master. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 35
    He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 36
    He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 37
    Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 38
    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 | Refcard PDF
  • 39
    Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 40
    I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 41
    I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 42
    I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 43
    I shall assume that your silence gives consent. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 44
    I would fain grow old learning many things. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 45
    If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 46
    If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 47
    Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 48
    Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 49
    Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 50
    It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 51
    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. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 52
    It is right to give every man his due. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 53
    Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 54
    Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 55
    Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 56
    Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 57
    Knowledge is true opinion. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 58
    Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 59
    Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 60
    Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 61
    Life must be lived as play. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 62
    Love is a serious mental disease. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 63
    Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 64
    Man - a being in search of meaning. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 65
    Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 66
    Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 67
    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. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 68
    Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 69
    Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death? Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 70
    Necessity... the mother of invention. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 71
    No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 72
    No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 73
    No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 74
    No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 75
    No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 76
    No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 77
    Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 78
    Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 79
    Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 80
    One man cannot practice many arts with success. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 81
    One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 82
    Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 83
    Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 84
    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. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 85
    Philosophy begins in wonder. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 86
    Philosophy is the highest music. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 87
    Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 88
    Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 89
    Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 90
    Science is nothing but perception. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 91
    States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 92
    The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 93
    The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 94
    The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 95
    The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 96
    The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 97
    The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 98
    The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 99
    The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 100
    The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 101
    The good is the beautiful. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 102
    The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 103
    The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 104
    The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 105
    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 | Refcard PDF
  • 106
    The measure of a man is what he does with power. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 107
    The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 108
    The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 109
    The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 110
    The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 111
    The wisest have the most authority. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 112
    Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 113
    Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 114
    There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 115
    There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 116
    There is no harm in repeating a good thing. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 117
    There is no such thing as a lovers' oath. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 118
    There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 119
    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. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 120
    There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 121
    They certainly give very strange names to diseases. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 122
    They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 123
    Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 124
    This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 125
    This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 126
    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 | Refcard PDF
  • 127
    To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 128
    To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 129
    To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 130
    To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 131
    Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 132
    Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 133
    Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 134
    Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 135
    We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 136
    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 | Refcard PDF
  • 137
    We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 138
    We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 139
    We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 140
    Wealth is well known to be a great comforter. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 141
    Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 142
    When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 143
    When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 144
    When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 145
    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. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 146
    When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 147
    Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 148
    Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 149
    Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 150
    You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato | Refcard PDF
  • 151
    Your silence gives consent. Plato | Refcard PDF






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