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.

Human behavior flows from three main sources desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato
We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato
Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. Plato
Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil. Plato
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato
He who is of a 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
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
Never discourage any man who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. Plato
Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery. 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
He who is of a 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
Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. Plato
And of all the animals the boy is the most unmanageable. Plato
If we are to have any hope for the future, those who have lanterns must pass them on to others. Plato
As such, it describes a relationship that falls short — for whatever reason, of the fuller communion of romantic sexual love. Plato
The love of man to woman is a thing common and of course, and at first partakes more of instinct and passion than of choice; but true friendship between man and man is infinite and immortal. Plato
What of his beard? Are you not of Homer's opinion, who says Youth is most charming when the beard first appears? Plato
Behold! human beings living in a underground den ... Like ourselves ... they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave. Plato
Welcome out of the cave, my friend. It's a bit colder out here, but the stars are just beautiful. Plato
Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state. Plato
Only the dead have seen the end of war. Plato
The country places and the trees won’t teach me anything, and the people in the city do. Plato
Vain would be the attempt of telling all the figures of the stars circling as in a dance, and their juxtapositions, and the return of them in their revolutions upon themselves, and their approximations. Plato
People may injure their bodily eye by observing and gazing on the sun during an eclipse, unless they take the precaution of only looking at the image reflected in the water or in some similar medium. Plato
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
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
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. Plato
I cannot eat, I cannot drink, the pleasures of youth and love are fled away. There was a good time once, but now that is gone, and life is no longer life. Plato
Philosophy begins in wonder. Plato