Plato Love Quotes and Sayings
2. Love is a serious mental disease.
3. The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.
4. According to greek mythology, humans were originally created with 4 arms, 4 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.
5. Love is simply the name for the desire and pursuit of the whole.
6. You’re my Star, a stargazer too, and I wish that I were Heaven, with a billion eyes to look at you!
7. … and when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s sight, as I may say, even for a moment …
8. If a man can be properly said to love something, it must be clear that he feels affection for it as a whole, and does not love part of it to the exclusion of the rest.
9. Then the lover, who is true and no counterfeit, must of necessity be loved by his love.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Plato (pron.: /ˈpleɪtoʊ/; Greek: Πλάτων, Plátōn, “broad”; 424/423 BC[a] – 348/347 BC) was a philosopher in Classical Greece. He was also a mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.
Sayings by Plato
1. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
2. Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
3. Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
4. The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
5. 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.
6. Only the dead have seen the end of war.
7. 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.
8. The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
9. You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
10. Never discourage anyone … who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
11. Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
12. Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.
13. I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.
14. There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
15. When men speak ill of thee, live so that nobody will believe them.
16. If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
17. How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?
18. Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.
19. The measure of a man is what he does with power.
20. Courage is a kind of salvation. Courage is knowing what not to fear.
#21 Apology by Plato, Professes to be a record of the actual speech that Socrates delivered in his defence at the trial, Translated by George Maximilian Anthony [S]
21. …he could not harm me, for I do not think it is permitted that a better man be harmed by a worse…
#22 Book IV, The Republic of Plato, Translated by Benjamin Jowett [S]
22. …the direction in which education starts a man, will determine his future life.
#23 Laws, Translated by Benjamin Jowett [S]
23. …any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
#24 Crito: Persons of the dialogue: Socrates & Crito, The Dialogues of Plato, Translated by Benjamin Jowett [S]
24. No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nurture and education.
#25 Book II, The Republic of Plato, Translated by Benjamin Jowett [S]
25. …the beginning is the most important part of any work…
#26 The Republic, Translated by Desmond Lee
26. The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, and his life is full of foreboding: but the man who is conscious of no wrongdoing is filled with cheerfulness and with hope, “the comfort of old age”…
Quotes Misattributed to Plato
#1 The Speech of Aristophanes, Symposium, Translated by Alexander Nehamas and Paul Woodruff [S]
1. Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together; it tries to make one out of two and heal the wound of human nature.
#2 Chapter II: Duty in Action, Duty: With Illustrations of Courage, Patience, & Endurance [S]
2. Good actions give strength to ourselves, and inspire good actions in others.
– Samuel Smiles