Plato

+ 222 A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride. C. S. Lewis


+ 198 Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. Aristotle


+ 186 Life must be lived as play. Plato


+ 215 Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato


+ 188 One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato


+ 247 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. Plato


+ 226 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato


+ 214 Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato


+ 202 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


+ 207 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. Plato


+ 234 You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato


+ 330 Love is a serious mental disease. Plato


+ 189 Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. Plato


+ 214 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. Plato


+ 181 He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato


+ 170 A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato


+ 299 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


+ 245 Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. Plato


+ 205 Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato


+ 200 Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. Plato


+ 221 Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Plato


+ 216 All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. Plato


+ 188 Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. Plato


+ 256 For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. Plato


+ 279 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. Plato


+ 272 Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. Plato


+ 261 We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato


+ 185 The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato


+ 227 Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato


+ 252 Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato


+ 229 Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. Plato


+ 224 There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. Plato


+ 194 Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns. Plato


+ 225 He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. Plato


+ 250 And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato


+ 233 The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. Plato


+ 255 No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education. Plato


+ 249 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. Plato


+ 208 No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. Plato


+ 222 Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato


+ 268 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. Plato


+ 248 The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. Plato


+ 203 Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. Plato


+ 208 The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless. Plato


+ 229 The measure of a man is what he does with power. Plato


+ 209 The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery. Plato


+ 203 Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato


+ 205 The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato


+ 226 Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. Plato


+ 255 When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. Plato


+ 215 There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. Plato


+ 231 To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. Plato


+ 233 Philosophy is the highest music. Plato


+ 187 As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. Plato


+ 195 Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance. Plato


+ 186 The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. Plato


+ 239 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. Plato


+ 185 If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life. Plato


+ 192 Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. Plato


+ 212 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? Plato


+ 236 Death is not the worst that can happen to men. Plato


+ 284 The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. Plato


+ 188 The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato


+ 174 He who is not a good servant will not be a good master. Plato


+ 211 Only the dead have seen the end of war. Plato


+ 192 Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. Plato


+ 228 Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. Plato


+ 217 There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good. Plato


+ 224 Man - a being in search of meaning. Plato


+ 205 Necessity... the mother of invention. Plato


+ 236 Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly. Plato


+ 168 Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. Plato


+ 185 Democracy passes into despotism. Plato


+ 219 Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. Plato


+ 161 Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. Plato


+ 239 No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return. Plato


+ 183 Courage is a kind of salvation. Plato


+ 167 Your silence gives consent. Plato


+ 172 The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. Plato


+ 202 Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato


+ 235 I shall assume that your silence gives consent. Plato


+ 213 Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class. Plato


+ 206 When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them. Plato


+ 161 There is no harm in repeating a good thing. Plato


+ 222 When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. Plato


+ 216 The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. Plato


+ 210 No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory. Plato


+ 231 Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences. Plato


+ 224 Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand. Plato


+ 212 Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery. Plato


+ 236 I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Plato


+ 233 This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. Plato


+ 186 Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. Plato


+ 158 Philosophy begins in wonder. Plato


+ 177 Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. Plato


+ 197 The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. Plato


+ 217 The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. Plato


+ 227 This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are. Plato


+ 221 We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection. Plato


+ 159 Knowledge is true opinion. Plato


+ 231 Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato


+ 169 Science is nothing but perception. Plato


+ 198 He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power. Plato


+ 244 There is no such thing as a lovers' oath. Plato


+ 226 It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn. Plato


+ 262 I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict. Plato


+ 167 Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails. Plato


+ 228 No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. Plato


+ 197 A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants. Plato


+ 214 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. Plato


+ 180 I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. Plato


+ 171 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


+ 164 It is right to give every man his due. Plato


+ 186 Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways. Plato


+ 153 The good is the beautiful. Plato


+ 212 Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice. Plato


+ 171 The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine. Plato


+ 187 Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man. Plato


+ 199 Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly. Plato


+ 187 One man cannot practice many arts with success. Plato


+ 244 Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child. Plato


+ 169 No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern. Plato


+ 211 The wisest have the most authority. Plato


+ 217 They certainly give very strange names to diseases. Plato


+ 153 For good nurture and education implant good constitutions. Plato


+ 209 They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases. Plato


+ 230 Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do. Plato


+ 266 If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals. Plato


+ 242 Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Plato


+ 203 The God's service is tolerable, Man's intolerable. Plato


+ 223 Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality. Plato


+ 208 Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. Plato


+ 205 When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure. Plato


+ 173 States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. Plato


+ 218 I would fain grow old learning many things. Plato


+ 196 Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. Plato


+ 196 Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death? Plato


+ 208 Wealth is well known to be a great comforter. Plato


+ 154 Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety. Plato


+ 184 To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed. Plato


+ 230 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. Plato


+ 239 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. Plato


+ 222 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. Plato


+ 208 We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise. Plato


+ 234 Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. Plato


+ 228 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. Plato


+ 238 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. Plato


+ 265 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. Plato


+ 250 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. Plato


+ 246 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. Plato


+ 264 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. Plato


+ 270 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. Plato


+ 228 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. Plato


+ 250 Socrates having heard Plato read the Lysis, said, "O Hercules! what a number of lies the young man has told about me." For he had set down a great many things as sayings of Socrates which he never said.


+ 310 The Platonic Socrates was a pattern to subsequent philosophers for many ages... His merits are obvious. He is indifferent to worldly success, so devoid of fear that he remains calm and urbane and humorous to the last moment, caring more for what he believes to be the truth than for anything else whatever. He has, however, some very grave defects. He is dishonest and sophistical in argument, and in his private thinking he uses intellect to prove conclusions that are to him agreeable, rather than in a disinterested search for knowledge. There is something smug and unctuous about him, which reminds one of a bad type of cleric. His courage in the face of death would have been more remarkable if he had not believed that he was going to enjoy eternal bliss in the company of the gods. Unlike some of his predecessors, he was not scientific in his thinking, but was determined to prove the universe agreeable to his ethical standards. This is treachery to truth, and the worst of philosophic sins. As a man, we may believe him admitted to the communion of saints; but as a philosopher he needs a long residence in a scientific purgatory.


+ 240 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato


+ 250 Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. Plato


+ 223 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. Plato


+ 195 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. Plato


+ 343 The reciprocal relationship of epistemology and science is of noteworthy kind. They are dependent on each other. Epistemology without contact with science becomes an empty scheme. Science without epistemology is insofar as it is thinkable at all primitive and muddled. However, no sooner has the epistemologist, who is seeking a clear system, fought his way through to such a system, than he is inclined to interpret the thought-content of science in the sense of his system and to reject whatever does not fit into his system. The scientist, however, cannot afford to carry his striving for epistemological systematic that far. He accepts gratefully the epistemological conceptual analysis; but the external conditions, which are set for him by the facts of experience, do not permit him to let himself be too much restricted in the construction of his conceptual world by the adherence to an epistemological system. He therefore must appear to the systematic epistemologist as a type of unscrupulous opportunist: he appears as realist insofar as he seeks to describe a world independent of the acts of perception; as idealist insofar as he looks upon the concepts and theories as free inventions of the human spirit (not logically derivable from what is empirically given); as positivist insofar as he considers his concepts and theories justified only to the extent to which they furnish a logical representation of relations among sensory experiences. He may even appear as Platonist or Pythagorean insofar as he considers the viewpoint of logical simplicity as an indispensible and effective tool of his research. Albert Einstein


+ 243 There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, & what they cannot. Plato


+ 136 We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato


+ 26 Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato


+ 36 Mathematics provides a compact and exact language used to describe of the order in nature. This was noted and advocated by Pythagoras, Plato, Galileo, and Newton.


+ 9 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