Plato Quotes

We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Meno, 81 E....
Many are the thyrsus-bearers, but few are the mystics.
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo, 69 C....
There is a doctrine uttered in secret that man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door of his prison and run away.
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo, 62 B....
All I would ask you to be thinking of is the truth and not Socrates.
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo, 91 B....
It seems to me that whatever else is beautiful apart from asbsolute beauty is beautiful because it partakes of that absolute beauty, and for no other reason. Do you accept this kind of causality?
Plato (c. 428-348 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo 100c4-6, Collected Dialogues of Plato, trans. by Hugh Tredennick, eds. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, Princeton University Press (1963).
Such, Echecrates, was the end of our comrade, who was, we may fairly say, of all those whom we knew in our time, the bravest and also the wisest and most upright man.
Plato (c. 428-348 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo 118a15-17, Collected Dialogues of Plato, trans. by Hugh Tredennick, eds. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, Princeton University Press (1963). The end of the account of Socrates' last day on earth.
May not the wolf, as the proverb says, claim a hearing?
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedrus, 272.
Equals, the proverb goes, delight in equals.
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedrus, 240 C....
The soul is like a pair of winged horses and a charioteer joined in natural union.
Plato (427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedrus 246b, trans. by Jowett (slightly revised). This image has been continuously influential in Western thought. Freud may have derived his derived from it his theory of id, ego, and superego.
Let parents then bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 729 A....