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.

Death is not the worst that can happen to men. Plato
Do not train children to learn by force and 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
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato
Democracy passes into despotism. Plato
Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. Plato
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. Plato
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. 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
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato
A grateful mind is a great mind, which eventually attracts to itself great things. Plato
The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato
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
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato
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. Plato
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. Plato
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the gods. Plato
Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another. Plato
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. Plato
Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul. Plato
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. Plato
Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another. Plato
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. Plato
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
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity. Plato
Love is a grave mental disease. Plato
Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance. Plato