Plato is arguably one of the best philosophical minds in the history of mankind. Born and raised in Athens and learned from Socrates, he first thought of a lot of ideas and systems that we are using today. He built the first institution for higher learning and developed philosophical ideas and theories that became the foundations to different fields of knowledge.
He has a vast knowledge in science, politics, philosophy, music, friendship and even love. Some of his well known ideas are the Theory of Forms, Platonic realism and Platonic idealism, among others. The Western world owes a lot to this man.
He is also known to be one of earliest teachers, and his most famous student is Aristotle.
We gathered some of his greatest quotes and sayings. Whether it be about education, ethics or even love, Plato has something to say, and they’re full of wisdom. May these quotes become your inspiration as we go on in our lives.
“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”
“Never discourage anyone… who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
“Man is a being in search of meaning.”
“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to live and to everything.”
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”
“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”
“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”
“Love is the pursuit of the whole.”
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