Greek philosopher Plato was born in Aristotle. This Socrates’ student is said to be one of the most widely read and studied philosophers. He was the teacher of Aristotle.

Plato most influential work of philosophy and political theory titled “The Republic” written in dialogues. It is about justice, courage, wisdom, and moderation, of the individual and in society. It works with the question of how to live a good life.

plato quotations on  education, justice, truth, democracy and other issues

In this book, you find the theory of Forms or theory of Ideas and the term platonic love.

Here is my own selection of my favorite Plato quotations to share with you.

“Necessity… the mother of invention.”

“Know thyself.”

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”

“It is only the dead who have seen the end of war”

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”

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

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”

Love is a serious mental disease.”

“When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.”

“Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself”

“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

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

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

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

“Life must be lived as play.”

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

“If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life”

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

“All learning has an emotional base.”

Truth is its own reward.”