Philosophical Quotes

Plato Quotes


  • A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.   
  • 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. 
  • A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants. 
  • All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince. 
  • All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. 
  • All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else. 
  • And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. 
  • Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. 
  • Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. 
  • As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. 
  • Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. 
  • At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. 
  • Attention to health is life greatest hindrance. 
  • Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly. 
  • Courage is a kind of salvation.
  • Courage is knowing what not to fear.
    • Death is not the worst that can happen to men. 
    • 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. 

    • They certainly give very strange names to diseases. 
    • They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases. 
    • Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. 
    • This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
    • This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are. 
    • Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. 
    • 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. 
    • To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. 
    • To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less. 
    • To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed. 
    • Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man. 
    • Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. 
    • Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do. 
    • 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. 
    • We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue. 
    • We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.

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