Quotes by Plato
Plato, also known as Aristocles, was an influential Greek philosopher and student of Socrates, the founder of the Academy in Athens where Aristotle had studied.
Plato is often referred to as one of the greatest thinkers and philosophers in history. He is sometimes referred to as Aristocles. At the thinkers academy in Athens, Plato played a major role in establishing the school as one of the greatest philosophical schools on Earth. He is best known for his Dialogues and as a student of Aristostle. Read some Plato quotes below.
A man has to be careful when he visits powerful cities as a foreigner, and induces their most promising young men to forsake the company of others, relatives or acquaintances, older or younger, and consort with him on the grounds that his conversation will improve them. Such conduct arouses no small resentment and various forms of hostility and intrigue.
Come, Protagoras, uncover your thought for me on this: how do you stand on knowledge? Do you think of it as the majority of men do, or otherwise? The Many think that knowledge has neither strength nor authority nor power of command, that though knowledge may from time to time be present in a man, it does not govern him. Something else governs: sometimes anger, sometimes pleasure, sometimes pain, on occasion love, often fear--as though they conceived of knowledge as a mere slave to be dragged about by everything else.
If only there were a way to start a city or an army made up of lovers and the boys they love! Theirs would be the best possible system of society, for they would hold back from all that is shameful, and seek honor in each other's eyes. Even a few of them, in battle side by side, would conquer the world, I'd say. For a man in love would never allow his loved one, of all people, to see him leaving ranks or dropping weapons. He'd rather die a thousand deaths! And as for leaving the boy behind, or not coming to his aid in danger - why, no one is so base that true love could not inspire him with courage, and make him as brave as if he'd been born a hero.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Socrates is a doer of evil, who corrupts the youth; and who does not believe in the gods of the state, but has other divinities of his own. Such is the charge.
The fact is, my dear friend, that you are trying to prove me wrong by the use of oratory, like people in the law courts. They think there that they have got the better of the other party when they can produce a number of respectable witnesses to what they say, while their opponent can produce only one or none at all. But this kind of proof is useless in establishing the truth; it can easily happen that a man is overborne by the false evidence of several apparently respectable persons.
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or indeed of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers.
We agree that what is holy is loved by the Gods because it is holy, and not holy because it is loved by the gods.