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Plato Quotes

Plato was an Ancient Greek philosopher in 427-347 BC

“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool” ~ Plato

"All learning is in the learner, not the teacher." ~ Plato

"Life should be lived as play." ~ 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

"There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children’s lessons take the form of play." ~ Plato

"… a free man ought not to learn anything under duress.
Compulsory physical exercise does no harm to the body,
but compulsory learning never sticks to the mind." ~ Plato

"Don’t force your children into your ways, for they were created for a time different from your own." ~ Plato

"Avoid compulsion and let early education be a matter of amusement. Young children learn by games; compulsory education cannot remain in the soul." ~ Plato

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

"Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable." ~ Plato

“Reality is created by the mind. We can change our reality by changing our mind.” ~ Plato

"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things." ~ Plato

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

"No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern." ~ Plato

"He who is learning and learning and doesn’t apply what he knows is like the one who is plowing and plowing and doesn’t seed." ~ Plato

"The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not content with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the essential nature of things." ~ Plato

“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.” ~ Plato

"You should not honor men more than truth." ~ Plato

"No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth." ~ Plato

"Wisest is he who knows what he does not know." ~ Plato

"Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy." ~ Plato

"The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge." ~ Plato

"Necessity is literally the mother of invention." ~ Plato

"Seek truth while you are young, for if you do not, it will later escape your grasp." ~ Plato

"In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life." ~ Plato

"You get to know someone better by playing for an hour than by talking for a year." ~ Plato

"If you think your child’s academic studies are more important than the arts, think again." ~ Plato

"People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die." ~ Plato

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” ~ Plato

"The noblest of all studies is the study of what man is and of what life he should live." ~ Plato

"The purpose of education is to give to the body and to the soul all the beauty and all the perfection of which they are capable." ~ Plato

"Follow your dream as long as you live, do not lessen the time of following desire, for wasting time is an abomination of the spirit." ~ Plato

"The beginning is the most important part…for that is the time character is being formed." ~ Plato

"No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education." ~ Plato

"Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance." ~ Plato

"Three things support the perfection of a man: character, learning and practice." ~ Plato

"Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education." ~ Plato

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