Quotes by Plato


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
– Plato

Caring about the happiness of others we find our own.
– Plato

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

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
– Plato

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
– Plato
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
– Plato
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
– Plato
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
Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
– Plato
Courage is a kind of salvation.
– Plato
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
– Plato
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
– Plato
Democracy passes into despotism.
– Plato
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
– Plato
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
– Plato
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
– Plato
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
– Plato
He was a wise man who invented beer.
– Plato
Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
– Plato
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?
– Plato