Plato Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old plato quotes, plato sayings, and plato proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and objectionable.     

Plato

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.     

Plato

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

Beauty is certainly a soft, smooth, slippery thing, and therefore of a nature which easily slips in and permeates our souls.     

Plato

No one knows whether death is really the greatest blessing a man can have, but they fear it is the greatest curse, as if they knew well.     

Plato

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.     

Plato

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

Arguments, like men, are often pretenders.     

Plato

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

Plato

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

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

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

The beginning is the most important part of the work.     

Plato

Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.     

Plato

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

Plato

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

Plato

The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person.     

Plato

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.     

Plato

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.     

Plato

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.     

Plato

To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is ridiculous.     

Plato

And when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other's sight, as I may say, even for a moment.     

Plato

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

As wolves love lambs so lovers love their loves.     

Plato

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

Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.     

Plato

Only the dead have seen the end of war.     

Plato

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.     

Plato