Quotations From PLATO


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  • The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
    Plato (428-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Quoted in Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Eloquence," Society and Solitude (1870).
  • Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 344 C....

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  • It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Glaucon, in The Republic, bk. 7, sect. 529. Socrates disagreed: "It seems to me that astronomy, as now handled by those who embark on philosophy, positively makes the soul look downwards."

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  • Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Republic, bk. 2, sct. 5.
  • Much sleep is not required by nature, either for our souls or bodies, or for the actions in which they are concerned.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 808 B....

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  • There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 754 C....
  • Let brother help brother.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 362 D....

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  • And may we not say, Adeimantus, that the most gifted minds, when they are ill- educated, become the worst?
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 491 E....
  • To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 358 c....

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  • Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 646 A....

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