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The Top 10 Plato Quotations

Plato (circa 428/427–348/347 BCE) was a seminal philosopher and mathematician in Ancient Greece, a student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle. He founded the Academy in Athens, one of the earliest institutions of higher learning in the Western world. Through his dialogues, Plato conveyed and expanded upon the ideas of Socrates, while also introducing his own philosophical constructs, such as the theory of Forms. Works like 'The Republic,' 'Phaedrus,' and 'Symposium' continue to be influential, covering topics from justice and politics to love and knowledge.

top 10 quotations by Plato

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

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet." Plato

"The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself." Plato

"Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil." Plato

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." Plato

"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." Plato

"Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind." Plato

"Ideas are the source of all things." Plato

"An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers." Plato

"Necessity is the mother of invention." Plato

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