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

Quotes by Plato

I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
Life must be lived as play.
The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable.
Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.
No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.
How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
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.
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
Man - a being in search of meaning.
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
It is right to give every man his due.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.