Powerful Picks From Plato’s Platter
One of the most powerful Greek philosophers to leave his mark on modern philosophy was Plato. He was the tutor of Aristotle, who in turn tutored Alexander to become one of the world’s greatest conquerors. Plato was a student of Socrates and documented many of Socrates’ writings in books such as The Apology of Socrates, Euthyphro, Protagoras, Ion and Hippias Major and Minor. He also noted his own ideas in books such as The Republic and The Theory of Forms, which touched upon subjects such as government and its functioning, ideas and perception. The noteworthy philosopher left behind some truly inspiring tenets on how to lead a better and virtuous life. Here are some hand picked ancient golden nuggets of wisdom.
- Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
- The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
- A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
- Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
- The measure of a man is what he does with power.
- Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
- Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
- Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
- Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, you cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
- Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
- The greatest wealth is to live content with little.