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Plato Quotes

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Plato

Life: 428 - 348 BC

Country: gr flag Greece

Profession: Philosopher;

Plato (428/427 BC[a] - 348/347 BC), was an ancient Greek philosopher. Together with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the philosophical foundations of Western culture. Plato was also a mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the western world. Plato was originally a student of Socrates, and was much influenced by his thinking as by what he saw as his teacher's unjust death.

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Quotations

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

~ Plato

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

~ Plato

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.

~ Plato

Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold, you have escaped not from one master but from many.

~ Plato

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

~ Plato

The wisest have the most authority.

~ Plato

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

~ Plato

Of all wild beasts, the most difficult to manage.

~ Plato

The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse men.

~ Plato

Even the gods love jokes.

~ Plato

The price good men pay for indifference to public
affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

~ Plato

He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.

~ Plato
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