• Greek philosopher
  • Born 427 BC
  • Died 347 BC

Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] PLAH-tone 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 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.

Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.

Philosophy is the highest music.

When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.

I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.

The wisest have the most authority.

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.

The measure of a man is what he does with power.

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

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

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.

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.

Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

There is no such thing as a lovers' oath.

Courage is knowing what not to fear.

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.

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

We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.

There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.

He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

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.

No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.

States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.

Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.

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.

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.