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Born in 427 BC / Died in 348 BC / Greece / Greek

Quotes by Plato

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
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.
There is no such thing as a lovers' oath.
The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
He was a wise man who invented beer.
If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
The wisest have the most authority.
Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.