Plato Quotes

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.

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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.

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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.

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

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Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.

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Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.

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

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Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance.

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

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Courage is knowing what not to fear.

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Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom.

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

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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.

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Those who wish to sing always find a song.

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Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction.

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For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

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For good education implant good constitutions.

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

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

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Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.

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He was a wise man who invented beer.

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He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.

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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.

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He who steals a little, steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.

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Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

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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?

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Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

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

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

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I shall assume that your silence gives consent.

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I would gladly grow old learning many things.

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

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

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Ignorance is not an excessively bad thing; but great cleverness and a lot of learning, if, is accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.

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Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.

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It is a common saying, and in everybody’s mouth, that life is but a sojourn (a temporary stay).

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It is right to give every man his due.

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Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns.

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Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.

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Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.

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Knowledge is true opinion.

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Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

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Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.

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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.

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Love is a serious mental disease.

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Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.

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Man – a being in search of meaning.

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Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.

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Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.

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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.

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Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

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

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Necessity… the mother of invention.

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No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.

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No law or ordinance is mightier than  understanding.

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No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

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No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.

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Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.

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Nothing is more absurd than the country of men and women not following the pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind.

As this one is so important, i want you to read this once more…. I changed the wordings so as to make it more understandable.

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Nothing is more absurd than the country of men and women not following the pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind.

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Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.

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One man cannot practice many arts with success.

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

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Only the dead have seen the end of war.

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Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

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The main objective in the construction of the state is create the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.

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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.

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

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Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

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Science is nothing but perception.

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States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.

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The beginning is the most important part of the work.

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The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.

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The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.

I could not agree more….!!!

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The curse is that we always think that things can be made better by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.

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The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.

Teachers …. Read this line several times, or better write this sentence 10 times.

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The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.

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The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.

Kyaa baaat hai…..!!!!

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The god of love lives in a state of need. Like hunger and thirst, it’s almost impossible to stamp out.

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The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

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The happiness of one man depends upon himself, and not upon other men. And it is the man of moderation… the man of manly character and of wisdom.

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

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The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.

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The most virtuous are those who are content with themselves, in being virtuous without seeking to appear so.

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The punishment which the wise suffer are who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

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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.

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The wisest should have the most authority.

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Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.

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There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.

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There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.

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There is no harm in repeating a good thing.

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There is no such thing as a lovers’ oath.

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There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.

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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.

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There is victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which one gains at the hands of himself.

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They certainly give very strange names to diseases.

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They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.

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Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

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The City is what it is because of its citizens (what they are).

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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.

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To go to the world below, with a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.

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To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.

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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.

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Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.

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Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.

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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.

Teachers …… please concentrate and read this at least 10 times.

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We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.

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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.

Kyaa sahi baaat hai….!!!!

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Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.

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Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.

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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.

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When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.

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Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.

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

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

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Your silence gives consent.