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Plato Quotes

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427 BC - 347 BC
Nationality: Greek
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Greek Philosopher

To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed.


Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.


A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.


To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.


I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.


Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.


No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.


The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.


Science is nothing but perception.


I shall assume that your silence gives consent.


Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.


The beginning is the most important part of the work.


He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.


One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.


Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.


Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.


This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.


Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.


Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.


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