Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contemporaries, Plato’s entire oeuvre is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years. Plato was the innovator of the written dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy, which originate with him. Plato appears to have been the founder of Western political philosophy.
Wonder Is The Feeling Of The Philosopher, And Philosophy Begins In Wonder.
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.
Must Not All Things At The Last Be Swallowed Up In Death?
The God Of Love Lives In A State Of Need. It Is A Need. It Is An Urge. It Is A Homeostatic Imbalance. Like Hunger And Thirst, It's Almost Impossible To Stamp Out.
You Can Discover More About A Person In An Hour Of Play Than In A Year Of Conversation.
The Wisest Have The Most Authority.
He Who Steals A Little Steals With The Same Wish As He Who Steals Much, But With Less Power.
There Is No Such Thing As A Lovers' Oath.
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.
Knowledge Without Justice Ought To Be Called Cunning Rather Than Wisdom.
Attention To Health Is Life's Greatest Hindrance.
Then Not Only An Old Man, But Also A Drunkard, Becomes A Second Time A Child.
Democracy Passes Into Despotism.
Good People Do Not Need Laws To Tell Them To Act Responsibly, While Bad People Will Find A Way Around The Laws.
Poetry Is Nearer To Vital Truth Than History.
It Is Right To Give Every Man His Due.
Honesty Is For The Most Part Less Profitable Than Dishonesty.
Democracy... Is A Charming Form Of Government, Full Of Variety And Disorder; And Dispensing A Sort Of Equality To Equals And Unequals Alike.
They Do Certainly Give Very Strange, And Newfangled, Names To Diseases.
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.
Wealth Is Well Known To Be A Great Comforter.
No Trace Of Slavery Ought To Mix With The Studies Of The Freeborn Man. No Study, Pursued Under Compulsion, Remains Rooted In The Memory.
The Beginning Is The Most Important Part Of The Work.
Science Is Nothing But Perception.
If Particulars Are To Have Meaning, There Must Be Universals.
Death Is Not The Worst That Can Happen To Men.
Truth Is The Beginning Of Every Good To The Gods, And Of Every Good To Man.
Ignorance, The Root And Stem Of All Evil.
Any Man May Easily Do Harm, But Not Every Man Can Do Good To Another.
As The Builders Say, The Larger Stones Do Not Lie Well Without The Lesser.
Not To Help Justice In Her Need Would Be An Impiety.
Knowledge Which Is Acquired Under Compulsion Obtains No Hold On The Mind.
Opinion Is The Medium Between Knowledge And Ignorance.
The Rulers Of The State Are The Only Persons Who Ought To Have The Privilege Of Lying, Either At Home Or Abroad; They May Be Allowed To Lie For The Good Of The State.
Knowledge Is True Opinion.
No Law Or Ordinance Is Mightier Than Understanding.
Rhetoric Is The Art Of Ruling The Minds Of Men.
Philosophy Is The Highest Music.
No One Ever Teaches Well Who Wants To Teach, Or Governs Well Who Wants To Govern.
Wisdom Alone Is The Science Of Other Sciences.
It Is A Common Saying, And In Everybody's Mouth, That Life Is But A Sojourn.
Hardly Any Human Being Is Capable Of Pursuing Two Professions Or Two Arts Rightly.
No One Is A Friend To His Friend Who Does Not Love In Return.
One Man Cannot Practice Many Arts With Success.
Injustice Is Censured Because The Censures Are Afraid Of Suffering, And Not From Any Fear Which They Have Of Doing Injustice.
The Greatest Wealth Is To Live Content With Little.
When The Mind Is Thinking It Is Talking To Itself.
He Who Is Not A Good Servant Will Not Be A Good Master.
Knowledge Becomes Evil If The Aim Be Not Virtuous.
States Are As The Men, They Grow Out Of Human Characters.