Plato Quotes & Wallpapers

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Those who have knowledge are more confident than those who have no knowledge, and they are more confident after they have learned than before. Plato

Our love for our children springs from the soul's greatest yearning for immortality. Plato

Integrity is your destiny-it is the light that guides your way. Plato

It seems to me that whatever else is beautiful apart from asbsolute beauty is beautiful because it partakes of that absolute beauty, and for no other reason. Do you accept this kind of causality? Plato

May not the wolf, as the proverb says, claim a hearing? Plato

Be kind, for everyone is having a hard battle. Plato

All wars are fought for the sake of getting money. Plato

Wise men speak because they have something to say Plato

Much sleep is not required by nature, either for our souls or bodies, or for the action in which they are concerned. Plato

'That is the story. Do you think there is any way of making them believe it?' ' Not in the first generation', he said, 'but you might succeed with the second and later generations.' Plato

Seek truth while you are young, for if you do not, it will later escape your grasp Plato

Take a look around, then, and see that none of the uninitiated are listening. Now by the uninitiated I mean the people who believe in nothing but what they can grasp in their hands, and who will not allow that action or generation or anything invisible can have real existence. Plato

Now nothing can be more important than that the work of a soldier should be well done. Plato

Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history. Plato

For all good and evil, whether in the body or in human nature, originates ... in the soul, and overflows from thence, as from the head into the eyes. Plato

It is as expedient that a wicked man be punished as that a sick man be cured by a physician; for all chastisement is a kind of medicine. Plato

SOCRATES: Perhaps we may be wrong; if so, you in your wisdom should convince us that we are mistaken in preferring justice to injustice. THRASYMACHUS: And how am I to convince you, he said, if you are not already convinced by what I have just said; what more can I do for you? Would you have me put the proof bodily into your souls? Plato

... our purpose in founding our state was not to promote the happiness of a single class, but, so far as possible, of the whole community. Our idea was that we were most likely to justice in such a community, and so be able to decide the question we are trying to answer. We are therefore at the moment trying to construct what we think is a happy community by securing the happiness not of a select minority, but of a whole. Plato

Pepper is small in quantity and great in virtue. Plato

Even the gods love jokes. Plato

If the study of all these sciences which we have enumerated, should ever bring us to their mutual association and relationship, and teach us the nature of the ties which bind them together, I believe that the diligent treatment of them will forward the objects which we have in view, and that the labor, which otherwise would be fruitless, will be well bestowed. Plato

All learning is in the learner, not the teacher. Plato

A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things. Plato

In good speaking, should not the mind of the speaker know the truth of the matter about which he is to speak. Plato

Whereas the truth is that the State in which the rulers are most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed, and the State in which they are most eager, the worst. Plato

All thought begins with the recognition that something is out of place. Plato

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Plato

We are bound to our bodies like an oyster to its shell. Plato

May I deem the wise man rich, and may I have such a portion of gold as none but a prudent man can either bear or employ. Plato

When man is not properly trained, he is the most savage animal on the face of the globe. Plato

Excellence" is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act "rightly" because we are "excellent", in fact we achieve "excellence" by acting "rightly". Plato

Poverty doesn't come because of the decrease of wealth but because of the increase of desires. Plato

It's like this, I think: the excellence of a good body doesn't make the soul good, but the other way around: the excellence of a good soul makes the body as good as it can be. Plato

He who advises a sick man, whose manner of life is prejudicial to health, is clearly bound first of all to change his patient's manner of life. Plato

There is no such thing as a lover's oath. Plato

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

In every succession of life and death, you will do and suffer what like may fitly suffer at the hands of like. This is the justice of heaven. Plato

Much more wretched than lackof health inthe body, it is to dwell with a soul that is not healthy, but corrupt. Plato

Socrates isguilty of corrupting the minds of the young, and of believing indeities of his own invention instead of the gods recognized by the state. Plato

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

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions. Plato

Your silence gives consent. Plato

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

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

Philosophy is the highest music. Plato

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

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

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

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

Conversion is not implanting eyes, for they exist already; but giving them a right direction, which they have not Plato

And yet the artist will go on with his work without knowing in some way if any of his representations are sound or unsound. The artist knows nothing worth mentioning about the subjects he represents, and that art is a form of play, not to be taken seriously. Plato

I do not live to play, but I play in order that I may live, and return with greater zest to the labors of life. Plato

He who without the Muse's madness in his soul comes knocking at the door of poesy and thinks that art will make him anything fit to be called a poet, finds that the poetry which he indites in his sober senses is beaten hollow by the poetry of madmen. Plato

To honor with hymns and panegyrics those who are still alive is not safe; a man should run his course and make a fair ending, and then we will praise him; and let praise be given equally to women as well as men who have been distinguished in virtue. Plato

That is very high praise, which is given you by faithful witness. Plato

The soul is like a pair of winged horses and a charioteer joined in natural union. Plato

You cannot go into the same water twice. Plato

Many are the thyrsus-bearers, but few are the mystics. Plato

Equals, the proverb goes, delight in equals. Plato

A work well begun is half-ended. Plato

The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics. Plato

And isn't it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are. Plato

I don't know anything that gives me greater pleasure, or profit either, than talking or listening to philosophy. But when it comes to ordinary conversation, such as the stuff you talk about financiers and the money market, well, I find it pretty tiresome personally, and I feel sorry that my friends should think they're being very busy when they're really doing absolutely nothing. Of course, I know your idea of me: you think I'm just a poor unfortunate, and I shouldn't wonder if your right. But then I dont THINK that you're unfortunate - I know you are. Plato

Let us affirm what seems to be the truth, that, whether one is or is not, one and the others in relation to themselves and one another, all of them, in every way, are and are not, and appear to be and appear not to be. Plato

... because it is correct to make a priority of young people, taking care that they turn out as well as possible... Plato

Music is to the mind as air is to the body... Plato

Who are the true philosophers? Those whose passion is to love the truth. Plato

Mariner, do not ask whose tomb this may be, but go with good fortune: I wish you a kinder sea. Plato

Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they saw something mildly funny on TV that they want to endlessly repeat to you. Plato

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. Plato

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