Plato Quotes

Plato Quotes by Plato, Ludwig von Mises, Huston Smith, Jacques Derrida, Patti Smith, Jean Baudrillard and many others.

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautifu

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.
Plato and Hitler were both the same kind of consistent socialists who planned also for the production of future socialists, the breeding and education of future members of society.
Ludwig von Mises
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
Plato described ordinary life as unthinking, lived in a dim cave of shadowy reflections, but said that it is possible to leave the cave and see things in sunlit clarity as they actually are.
Huston Smith
Learning to live ought to mean learning to die – to acknowledge, to accept, an absolute mortality – without positive outcome,or resurrection, or redemption, for oneself or for anyone else. That has been the old philosophical injunction since Plato: to be a philosopher is to learn how to die.
Jacques Derrida
My father was a dreamy fellow – he read Plato and Socrates and watched Phillies games.
Patti Smith
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.
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
All of [the] activities here have a surreptitious end-of-the-world feel to them:… these joggers sleepwalking in the mist like shadow’s who have escaped from Plato’s cave
Jean Baudrillard
The whole genius of an author consists in describing well, and delineating character well. Homer, Plato, Virgil, Horace only excel other writers by their expressions and images; we must indicate what is true if we mean to write naturally, forcibly and delicately.
Jean de la Bruyere
It must be so, Plato, thou reason’st well!
Joseph Addison
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
Most people do not understand until old age what Plato tells them when they are young.
Ornate rhetorick taught out of the rule of Plato…. To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less suttle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate.
John Milton
Is it not also true that no physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers or enjoins what is for the physician’s interest, but that all seek the good of their patients? For we have agreed that a physician strictly so called, is a ruler of bodies, and not a maker of money, have we not?
In PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein set out to showcase, in sometimes startling ways, the continuing relevance of a classic philosopher. But what’s remarkable is that she actually brings off this tour de force with both madcap brilliance and commanding authority.
Michael Dirda
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.