Plato was born around 428 BCE in ancient Greece and was the student of the famed philosopher Socrates, and the teacher of Aristotle. The man left behind a philosophical legacy of unparalleled influence and one of the most profound writers of the Western Canon. The entire history of Western thought and culture revolves around the ideas Plato put forth, and he is often considered the most important figure in the history of philosophy.

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

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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.”

3.

“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

4.

“In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill… we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”

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“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”

6.

“When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.”

7.

“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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

9.

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.”

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“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.”

11.

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

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”

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“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws”

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“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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

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

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“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

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

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“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

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“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

Plato, the father of Western philosophy

 

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