20 Top Famous Philosophical Quotes by Plato

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

Plato was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece, and one of Socrates’ brightest students.

During his life he created such things as the Academy in Athens, the first institution for higher learning. Plato was a sophisticated writer and published many topics, such as philosophy and mathematics.

Plato’s teachings are a testament to the fact human behavior hasn’t changed much since 2,500 years ago.

Here are top 20 famous philosophical quotes by Plato on life, love and human behavior.

  1. The beginning is the most important part of the work.

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act ‘rightly’ because we are ‘excellent’, in fact we achieve ‘excellence’ by acting ‘rightly.’

  7. A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.

  8. Love is a serious mental disease.

  9. Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

  10. Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

  11. 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.

  12. The part can never be well unless the whole is well.

  13. According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.

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

  15. Life must be lived as play.

  16. Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

  17. Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.

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

  19. The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings

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

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