Plato (429 - 347 BC) is one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most penetrating, wide-ranging, and influential authors in the history of philosophy. An Athenian citizen of high status, he displays in his works his absorption in the political events and intellectual movements of his time, but the questions he raises are so profound and the strategies he uses for tackling them so richly suggestive and provocative that educated readers of nearly every period have in some way been influenced by him, and in practically every age there have been philosophers who count themselves Platonists in some important respects. - Stanford
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
The greatest penalty of evildoing - namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.
If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
Death is not the worst than can happen to men.
No human thing is of serious importance.
There are three arts which are concerned with all things: one which uses, another which makes, and a third which imitates them.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways - I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.
Friends have all things in common.
The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.
Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.
Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
He who is of 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.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
The people have always 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.
Man...is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
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.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
Necessity, who is the mother of invention.
Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.
You cannot conceive the many without the one.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.
Life must be lived as play.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.