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SummaryPlato was a famous Philosopher from Greece, who lived between 427 BC and 347 BC.
BiographyPlato was born in Athens or Aegina in May or December 427 BC. He was raised in a relatively wealthy family. His father was named Ariston and his mother Perictione. His family claimed to avstamme from ancient Athenian kings, and he shall have been related to the prominent politician Kriti, but how is disputed. According to the later Hellenistic accounts of Diogenes Laertios was Plato's birth name Aristocles, but his breaking coach, Ariston of Argos, called him "Platon", meaning "wide", allegedly because of his robust body shape. Diogenes mentions alternative ways Plato may have gotten their name, the width of his eloquence (platutês) or because his forehead was very broad (platus). According to Plato Dicaearchus have participated in wrestling in the isthmiske toys. His ability to learn and his skill was so great that the ancient Greeks declared that he was the son of Apollo, and told stories about how the bees had settled on his lips when he was a child, which was a prophecy of the honeyed speech, he would come to view.
Our collection contains 112 quotes who is written / told by Plato, under the main topics: Fitness, Inspirational, Life, Love, Medical.
Related authors: Aristotle, Benjamin Jowett, Diogenes
Source / external links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato
Famous quotes by Plato (112)
"Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do"
"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"
"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"
"No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern"
"Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good"
"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"
"Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind"
"The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles"
"Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom"
"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"
"No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education"
"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?"
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation"
"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life"
"Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder"
"Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something"
"When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income"
"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"
"When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure"
"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"
"To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way"
"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"
"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"
"This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector"
"They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases"
"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"
"The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men"
"The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so"
"The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery"
"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"
"The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant"
"The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not"
"Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand"
"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"
"Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class"
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors"
"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"
"Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways"
"Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods"
"It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn"
"Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice"
"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"
"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work"
"I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning"
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws"
"Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others"
"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"
"For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories"
"Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery"
"Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments"
"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"
"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"
"Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty"
"Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike"
"Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another"
"As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser"
"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"
"Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another"
"And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul"
"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"
"All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue"
"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"
"A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants"
"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"
"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue"