71 Plato Quotes to Motivate You Today:


1. “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” — PLATO


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


3. “There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.” — PLATO

4. “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” — PLATO


5. “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


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


7. “Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.” — PLATO


8. “The first and the best victory is to conquer self.” — PLATO


9. “The soul is partly in eternity and partly in time.” — PLATO


10. “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


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


12. “This alone is to be feared: the closed mind, the sleeping imagination, the death of spirit.” — PLATO


13. “Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.” — PLATO


14. “Integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.” — PLATO


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



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16. “Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” — PLATO


17. “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.” — PLATO


18. “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” — PLATO


19. “States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.” — PLATO


20. “That’s what education should be … the art of orientation. Educators should devise the simplest and most effective methods of turning minds around. It shouldn’t be the art of implanting sight in the organ, but should proceed on the understanding that the organ already has the capacity, but is improperly aligned and isn’t facing the right way.” — PLATO


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


22. “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.” — PLATO


23. “Truth is its own reward.” — PLATO


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


25. “Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” — PLATO


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


27. “Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.” — PLATO


28. “Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.” — PLATO


29. “We are twice armed if we fight with faith.” — PLATO


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


31. “Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.” — PLATO


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32. “Science is nothing but perception.” — PLATO


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


34. “For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches.” — PLATO


35. “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” — PLATO


36. “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.” — PLATO


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


38. “Necessity, who is the mother of invention.” — PLATO


39. “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


40. “Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.” — PLATO


41. “Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils — no, nor the human race, as I believe — and then only will this our State have a possibility of life and behold the light of day.” — PLATO


42. “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” — PLATO


43. “Many men are loved by their enemies, and hated by their friends, and are the friends of their enemies, and the enemies of their friends.” — PLATO


44. “Those who tell the stories rule society.” — PLATO



45. “In the world of knowledge, the essential Form of Good is the limit of our inquiries, and can barely be perceived; but, when perceived, we cannot help concluding that it is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful –in the visible world giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing, immediately and with full authority, truth and reason –and that whosoever would act wisely, either in private or in public, must set this Form of Good before his eyes.” — PLATO


46. “The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.” — PLATO


47. “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.” — PLATO


48. “Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.” — PLATO


49. “Music is to the mind as air is to the body.” — PLATO


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


51. “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.” — PLATO


52. “Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.” — PLATO


53. “No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself.” — PLATO


54. “In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill… we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.” — PLATO


55. “They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.” — PLATO


56. “Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.” — PLATO


57. “There is truth in wine and children.” — PLATO


58. “Everything desires not like but unlike: for example, the dry desires the moist, the cold the hot, the bitter the sweet, the sharp the blunt, the void the full, the full the void, and so of all other things; for the opposite is the food of the opposite, whereas like receives like receives nothing from like.” — PLATO


59. “He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.” — PLATO


60. “The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.” — PLATO


61. “Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” — PLATO


62. “A house that has a library in it has a soul.” — PLATO


63. “Man is a being in search of meaning.” — PLATO



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64. “The souls of people, on their way to Earth-life, pass through a room full of lights; each takes a taper – often only a spark – to guide it in the dim country of this world. But some souls, by rare fortune, are detained longer – have time to grasp a handful of tapers, which they weave into a torch. These are the torch-bearers of humanity – its poets, seers and saints, who lead and lift the race out of darkness, toward the light. They are the law-givers and saviors, the light-bringers, way-showers and truth-tellers, and without them, humanity would lose its way in the dark.” — PLATO


65. “Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” — PLATO


66. “Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.” — PLATO


67. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”  — PLATO


68. “Tools which would teach men their own use would be beyond price.” — PLATO


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


70. “When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.” — PLATO


71. “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” — PLATO


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