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Wikipedia Summary for Plato

Plato ( PLAY-toe; Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder of the Platonist school of thought and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

He is widely considered as one of the most important and influential individuals in human history, and the pivotal figure in the history of Ancient Greek and Western philosophy, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle. Plato has also often been cited as one of the founders of Western religion and spirituality. The so-called neoplatonism of philosophers such as Plotinus and Porphyry greatly influenced Christianity through Church Fathers such as Augustine. Alfred North Whitehead once noted: "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."Plato was an innovator of the written dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy. Plato is also considered the founder of Western political philosophy. His most famous contribution is the theory of Forms known by pure reason, in which Plato presents a solution to the problem of universals known as Platonism (also ambiguously called either Platonic realism or Platonic idealism). He is also the namesake of Platonic love and the Platonic solids.

His own most decisive philosophical influences are usually thought to have been along with Socrates, the pre-Socratics Pythagoras, Heraclitus and Parmenides, although few of his predecessors' works remain extant and much of what we know about these figures today derives from Plato himself. Unlike the work of nearly all of his contemporaries, Plato's entire body of work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years. Although their popularity has fluctuated over the years, Plato's works have never been without readers since the time they were written.

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

--Plato

No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.

--Plato

Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state.

--Plato

What of his beard? Are you not of Homer's opinion, who says Youth is most charming when the beard first appears?

--Plato

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.

--Plato

Complacent ignorance is the most lethal sickness of the soul.

--Plato

Love is a grave mental disease.

--Plato

Of all the animals, the boy is most unmanageable.

--Plato

Behold! human beings living in a underground den ... Like ourselves ... they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave.

--Plato

The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person.

--Plato

Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom.

--Plato

Human behavior flows from three main sources desire, emotion, and knowledge.

--Plato

Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.

--Plato

The true physician is also a ruler having the human body as a subject, and is not a mere money-maker.

--Plato

He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.

--Plato

The love of man to woman is a thing common and of course, and at first partakes more of instinct and passion than of choice; but true friendship between man and man is infinite and immortal.

--Plato

As such, it describes a relationship that falls short -- for whatever reason, of the fuller communion of romantic sexual love.

--Plato

Death is not the worst that can happen to men.

--Plato

Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones.

--Plato

Renouncing the honors at which the world aims, I desire only to know the truth... and to the maximum of power, I exhort all other men to do the same.

--Plato

The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, and his life is full of foreboding: but the man who is conscious of no wrongdoing is filled with cheerfulness and with the comfort of old age.

--Plato

On the virtuous man He combines the highest, lowest and middle chords in complete harmony within himself.

--Plato

There are some whom the applause of the multitude has deluded into the belief that they are really statesmen.

--Plato

The music masters familiarize children's minds with rhythms and melodies, thus making them more civilized, more balanced, better adjusted in themselves, and more capable in whatever they say or do, for rhythm and harmony are essential to the whole of life.

--Plato

My meaning is, that any state of action or passion implies previous action or passion. It does not become because it is becoming, but it is in a state of becoming because it becomes; neither does it suffer because it is in a state of suffering, but it is in a state of suffering because it suffers.

--Plato

Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.

--Plato

Fields and trees are not willing to teach me anything; but this can be effected by men residing in the city.

--Plato

And a democracy, I suppose, comes into being when the poor, winning the victory, put to death some of the other party, drive out others, and grant the rest of the citizens an equal share in both citizenship and offices.

--Plato

To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is ridiculous.

--Plato

I fear this is not the right exchange to attain virtue, to exchange pleasures for pleasures, pains for pains and fears for fears, the greater for the less like coins, but that the only valid currency for which all these things should be exchanged is wisdom.

--Plato

The only real ill-doing is the deprivation of knowledge.

--Plato

Do you mean that the tyrant will dare to use violence against the people who fathered him, and raise his hand against them if they oppose him? So the tyrant is a parricide, and little comfort to his old parent.

--Plato

Conversion is not implanting eyes, for they exist already; but giving them a right direction, which they have not.

--Plato

To him who disgraces his family life is no life, and to such a person there is no one a friend, neither while living nor when dead.

--Plato

To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.

--Plato

Time on its back bears all things far away -- Full many a challenge is wrought by many a day -- Shape, fortune, name, and nature all decay.

--Plato

I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency.

--Plato

True friendship can exist only between equals.

--Plato

They assembled together and dedicated these as the first-fruits of their love to Apollo in his Delphic temple, inscribing there those maxims which are on every tongue- 'know thyselP and 'Nothing overmuch.'

--Plato

Writing is the geometry of the soul.

--Plato

Geometry will draw the soul toward truth and create the spirit of philosophy.

--Plato

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.

--Plato

By the golden chain Homer meant nothing else than the sun.

--Plato

The love of the gods belongs to anyone who has given to true virtue and nourished it, and if any human being could become immortal, it would be he.

--Plato

The tyranny imposed on the soul by anger, or fear, or lust, or pain, or envy, or desire, I generally call 'injustice.'

--Plato

The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice.

--Plato

No man will survive who genuinely opposes you or any other crowd and prevents the occurrence of many unjust and illegal happenings in the city. A man who really fights for justice must lead a private, not a public, life if he is to survive for even a short time.

--Plato

Ideas are the source of all things.

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The poets are nothing but interpreters of the gods, each one possessed by the divinity to whom he is in bondage.

--Plato

Interference by the three classes with each other s jobs, and interchange of jobs between them, therefore, does the greatest harm to our state, and we are entirely justified in calling it the worst of evils.

--Plato

Necessity, who is the mother of our invention.

--Plato

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them then he is always stirring up some wary or other in order that the people may require a leader.

--Plato

That the makers of laws are the majority who are weak; and they make laws and distribute praises and censures with a view to themselves and to their own interests.

--Plato

I am inclined to think that these muscles and bones of mine would have gone off long ago to Megara or Boeotia--by the dog they would, if they had been moved only by their own idea of what was best.

--Plato

I can show you that the art of calculation has to do with odd and even numbers in their numerical relations to themselves and to each other.

--Plato

Thus does the Muse herself move men divinely inspired, and through them thus inspired a Chain hangs together of others inspired divinely likewise.

--Plato

Music is a defining element of character.

--Plato

Health is a consumation of a love affair of all the organs of the body.

--Plato

Through obedience learn to command.

--Plato

Between knowledge of what really exists and ignorance of what does not exist lies the domain of opinion. It is more obscure than knowledge, but clearer than ignorance.

--Plato

Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

--Plato

The physician, to the extent he is a physician, considers only the good of the patient in what he prescribes, and his own not at all.

--Plato

The ultimate design of the Mysteries ... was to lead us back to the principles from which we descended, ... a perfect enjoyment of intellectual spiritual good.

--Plato

Is it not also true that no physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers or enjoins what is for the physician's interest, but that all seek the good of their patients? For we have agreed that a physician strictly so called, is a ruler of bodies, and not a maker of money, have we not?

--Plato

And what do you say of lovers of wine... they are glad of any pretext of drinking any wine.

--Plato

It is correct to make a priority of young people, taking care that they turn out as well as possible.

--Plato

Then we got into a labyrinth, and, when we thought we were at the end,
came out again at the beginning, having still to see as much as ever.

--Plato

Nothing could be more important than that the work of a soldier is well done. No tools will make a man a skilled workmen, or master of defense, or be of any use to him who has not learned how to handle them and has never bestowed any attention on them.

--Plato

Where reverence is, there is fear; for he who has a feeling of reverence and shame about the commission of any action, fears and is afraid of an ill reputation.

--Plato

We've heard many people say and have often said ourselves that justice is doing one's own work and not meddling with what isn't one's own ... Then, it turns out that this doing one's own work-provided that it comes to be in a certain way-is justice.

--Plato

He who refuses to rule is liable to be ruled by one who is worse than himself.

--Plato

For, let me tell you that the more the pleasures of the body fade away, the greater to me are the pleasure and charm of conversation.

--Plato

We do not learn, and that what we call learning is only a process of recollection.

--Plato

Prefer diligence before idleness, unless you esteem rust above brightness.

--Plato

The Paphian Queen to Cnidos made repair Across the tide to see her image there: Then looking up and round the prospect wide, When did Praxiteles see me thus? she cried.

--Plato

Those wretches who never have experienced the sweets of wisdom and virtue, but spend all their time in revels and debauches, sink downward day after day, and make their whole life one continued series of errors.

--Plato

The wolf cares not, how many the sheep be.

--Plato

We are bound to our bodies like an oyster to its shell.

--Plato

The most important stage of any enterprise is the beginning.

--Plato

A State would be happy where philosophers were kings, or kings philosophers.

--Plato

Upon consideration of the central question of the moon's toughness there can be little doubt. It is hella tough.

--Plato

He who is only an athlete is too crude, too vulgar, too much a savage. He who is a scholar only is too soft, to effeminate. The ideal citizen is the scholar athlete, the man of thought and the man of action.

--Plato

This and no other is the root from
which a tyrant springs; when he
first appears he is a protector.

--Plato

The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. ... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

--Plato

Every unjust man is unjust against his will.

--Plato

Virtue is voluntary, vice involuntary.

--Plato

Let men of all ranks whether they are successful, or unsuccessful, whether they triumph or not; let them do their duty, and rest satisfied.

--Plato

Fly from the company of the wicked -- fly and turn not back.

--Plato

He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.

--Plato

To be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible.

--Plato

The wisest of you men is he who has realized, like Socrates, that in respect of wisdom he is really worthless.

--Plato

I must yield to you, for you are irresistible.

--Plato

The greatest mistake physicians make is that they attempt to cure the body without attempting to cure the mind, yet the mind and the body are one and should not be treated separately!

--Plato

Give me a different set of mothers and I will give you a different world.

--Plato

Let no one destitute of geometry enter my doors.

--Plato

No matter at all, I replied; for the point is not who said the words, but whether they are true or not.

--Plato

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