26 Wonderful Plato Quotes

Plato was a philosopher in Classical Green and founder of the Academy in Athens. This first institution of higher learning influenced many ages to come and is attributed to the practice of higher learning in the Western World. Plato was the innovator of written dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy. He created many Western political philosophy and was influenced by the likes of Socrates, Parmenides, and Pythagoras. Here is a look at some of the most notable Plato quotes ever documented.

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”

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

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.”

“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.”

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”


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

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”

“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”

“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.”

“Love is a serious mental disease.”

“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.”

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”

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

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.”

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

“There is truth in wine and children.”

“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

“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.”

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

“Your silence gives consent.”

Here is a unique look at Plato’s biography of his life from 428 BC – 348 BC.

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