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