Plato Quotations

-Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.

-A society cultivates what is honoured there. It is important to know what we honour.

-Life must be lived as play.

-There are three classes of men: lovers of wisdom, lovers of honour, and lovers of gain.

-Know thyself.

-No human thing is of serious importance.

-Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

-Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light.

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

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

-Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?

-The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.

-Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

-I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

-Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.

-You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.

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

-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.

-Only the dead have seen the end of war.

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

-You cannot conceive the many without the one.

-They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
Plato