The Best Plato Quotes

Plato was a student of Socrates and was a philosopher and mathematician. Of the books he wrote, The Republic is probably the most well-known. Below are some of his quotes.

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

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

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

“Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself.”

“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”

“Life must be lived as play.”

“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.”

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

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

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

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

“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.”

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”

“No human thing is of serious importance.”

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

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