Plato, 429 - 347 BC

Greek Philosopher


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Quotations


Plato, in Protagoras, Inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi
Know thyself.


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Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.


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Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.


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


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


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Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.


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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.


Dialogues, Phaedo
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.


Dialogues, Phaedo
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.


Dialogues, Phaedo
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.


The Republic
Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.


The Republic
Before God we are all equally wise and equally foolish.


The Republic
The beginning is the most important part of the work.


The Republic
Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.