Plato: 20 quotes that will change the way you think

A great philosopher from Ancient Greece, Plato is considered as one of the most important figures in the development of Western philosophy.

When it comes to philosophies about society, politics and life, Plato is still equally relevant in today’s world. A disciple of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle, Plato developed the practice of higher learning in the Western world by founding the Academy and the Platonist school of thought. Being a man of great wisdom, intellectual mind and critical thinking ability, he influenced millions of people with his words.

Here are some quotes by him:

“Truth is the beginning of every good to the Gods, and of every good to man.”

“The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself, to be conquer by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.”

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.”

“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.”

“No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.”

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”

“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

“Thinking – the talking of the soul with itself.”

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”

“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.”

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”

“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.”

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”

“Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools because they have to say something.”

“Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice.”

“A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.”

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