Plato (428 B.C. to 347 B.C.) was a student of Socrates. He wrote many philosophical works in the form of dialogues between Socrates and others representing different strata of Greek society. Plato subject matter discussed a wide range of metaphysical and ethical questions. His views of virtue, harmony between the state and the individual, and nature itself help us expand our own knowledge of the universe.
“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.”
“Not one of them who took up in his youth with this opinion that there are no gods, ever continued until old age faithful to his conviction.”
“He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.”
“The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice.”
“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”