Plato Quotes

He was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder of the Platonist school of thought and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
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Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.
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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
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At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
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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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Necessity is the mother of invention.
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I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
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When men speak ill of thee, live so that nobody will believe them.
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The measure of a man is what he does with power.
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An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.
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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.
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Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
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Only the dead have seen the end of war.
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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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Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
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The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future.
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To be curious about that which is not one’s concern while still in ignorance of oneself is absurd.
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There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
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The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
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Let each one of us leave every other kind of knowledge and seek and follow one thing only, if peradventure he may be able to learn and find some one who will make him able to learn and discern between good and evil, and so to choose always and everywhere the better life as he has opportunity.
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