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424/423 BC – 348/347 BC: Plato's place and time of birth are not exactly known, as there are no existing manuscripts that record that data. It is known, however, that he was born to a wealthy and influential family, to father Ariston and mother Perictione. There are legends that the gods intervened in many dealings between his father and mother, including his conception. Another myth says that bees sat upon his lips when he was a baby, ensuring that everything he spoke was filled with sweetness. Plato, according to many accounts, may not have even been his real name – it seems that Plato was born with the name Aristocles, but later changed it to reflect his nature. The word "platon" means "broad," and thus Plato was meant to describe the broadness of his knowledge and wisdom. Plato followed the teachings of Socrates, and many conjectures have been made to a further, closer relationship between the two. Through Socrates's teachings, Plato grew in his own wisdom. He eventually traveled the world, spreading his philosophies everywhere he went – Italy, Sicily, Egypt, and Cyrene were just a few of the places he went to teach. Plato organized in Athens one of the largest academies to ever exist during his lifetime, and it was the same school that Aristole later received his tutelage. No one knows the exact accounts of his death – some say he went peacefully in his sleep, others say at a wedding feast, while others say a beautiful young woman played a flute for him as he breathed his last. Sadly, our knowledge of Plato's life is minimal, but thankfully his teachings and words of wisdom live on.

Death is not the worst than can happen to men.
Plato

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
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

The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.
Plato

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live
under the government of worse men.
Plato

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Plato

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Plato

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

When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same
amount of income.
Plato

Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Plato

Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.
Plato

To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.
Plato

Man... is a tame or civilized animal; nevertheless, he requires proper instruction and a
fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but
if he be insufficiently or ill-educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.
Plato

Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
Plato

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

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Plato

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.
Plato

Democracy passes into despotism.
Plato

Boys should abstain from all use of wine until after their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add
fire to fire.
Plato

This city is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
Plato

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.
Plato

The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
Plato

Well, my art of midwifery is in most respects like theirs; but differs, in that I attend men and
not women, and I look after their souls when they are in labor, and not after their bodies:
and the triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of
the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble and true birth.
Plato

You should not honor men more than truth.
Plato

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Plato

You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of
your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the
highest matters.
Plato

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

The greatest penalty of evildoing - namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.
Plato

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
Plato

Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom.
Plato

He was a wise man who invented beer.
Plato

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

The soul takes nothing with her to the other world but her education and culture; and these,
it is said, are of the greatest service or of the greatest injury to the dead man, at the very
beginning of his journey thither.
Plato

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
Plato

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
Plato

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon
other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation,
the man of manly character and of wisdom.
Plato

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