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.

Kings are never without flatterers to seduce them, ambition to deprive them, and desires to corrupt them. Plato
No human thing is of serious importance. Plato
The best stomachs are not those which reject all foods. Plato
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. Plato
Interference by the three classes with each others jobs, and interchange of jobs between them, therefore, does the greatest harm to our state, and we are entirely justified in calling it the worst of evils. Plato
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato
According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves. Plato
The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. Plato
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
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. Plato
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. Plato
Rhythm and melody enter into the soul of the well-instructed youth and produce there a certain mental harmony hardly obtainable in any other way. ... thus music, too, is concerned with the principles of love in their application to harmony and rhythm. Plato
If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life. Plato
Integrity is your destiny-it is the light that guides your way. Plato
Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them. Plato
The worst of all deceptions is self-deception. Plato
The worst form of injustice is pretended justice. Plato
The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings. Plato
A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways - by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul. Plato
Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato
Money-makers are tiresome company, as they have no standard but cash value. Plato
According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves. Plato
The most important part of education is right training in the nursery. The soul of the child in his play should be trained to that sort of excellence in which, when he grows to manhood, he will have to be perfected. Plato
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. Plato
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. Plato
Harmony is a symphony, and symphony is an agreement; but an agreement of disagreements while they disagree there cannot be; you cannot harmonize that which disagrees. Plato
And may we not say, Adeimantus, that the most gifted minds, when they are ill- educated, become the worst? Plato
To begin is the most important part of any quest and by far the most courageous. Plato
The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato
The true physician is also a ruler having the human body as a subject, and is not a mere money-maker. Plato