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Plato famously said, "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."
  ancient Athenian philosopher who did much to influence Western thinking; pupil of Socrates; teacher of Aristotle (428-347 BC)
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A memory trick to remember the relationships between Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and Alexander the Great is to put them in reverse alphabetical order: Socrates taught Plato who taught Aristotle, who taught Alexander the Great.
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  • Plato famously said, "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."
  • I remember something Mrs. Harbor once said on one of her crazy tangents in English: that Plato believed that the whole world—everything we can see—was just like shadows on a cave wall.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Nico had once read a story from Plato, who claimed that in the ancient times, all humans had been a combination of male and female.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • How many copies of Shakespeare and Plato?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451

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  • Every philosopher from Plato up should thank you.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "Alas, no," said Albert; "nor even ancient Greek, my dear count; never had Homer or Plato a more unworthy scholar than myself."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • How many, think ye, have likewise fallen into Plato’s honey head, and sweetly perished there?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He could quote glibly from Plato, Nietzsche, Montaigne, Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis de Sade and Warren G. Harding.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • After three weeks it was no longer incomprehensible to us that a braided postman should have more authority over us than had formerly our parents, our teachers, and the whole gamut of culture from Plato to Goethe.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • We appear to know more about this art than Plato did.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • It was the general who had given our cocker spaniel his name, Farsi for "Plato," because, he said, if you looked hard enough and long enough into the dog’s filmy black eyes, you’d swear he was thinking wise thoughts.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • And hanging the antique broad-brim on a bust of Plato, Jo read her letters.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Plato.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’One might get one’s Greek from the very lips of Homer and Plato,’ the Very Young Man thought.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Plato, Sophocles, Homer, Dryden, Coleridge, Shelley, Shaw.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The writer whose narratives record the lofty deeds of those heroic times is Plato himself.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Plato observed a long while ago that those stomachs are not the best that reject all sorts of food.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Wherein he agreed entirely with the sentiments of Socrates, as Plato delivers them; which I mention as the highest honour I can do that prince of philosophers.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Or shall I hear the name of Plato and never read his book?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • It was a question pertaining to Plato’s metaphysics, which Plato hadn’t had the sense to ask of himself.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Plato.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • The other replied staggering, "It pleases you to say so, Phoebus; but it hath been proved that Plato had the profile of a hound."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • ’I am not such a fool as I look, quoth Plato to his disciples,’ he said sententiously, emptied his glass with great resolution, and we rose.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • To my mind, love…. both the sorts of love, which you remember Plato defines in his Banquet, served as the test of men.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The deepest poetry of Shelley, the words of Hamlet bring our minds into contact with the eternal wisdom, Plato’s world of ideas.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Now we are going to meet the three great classical philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Plato, I believe, said that beauty is the splendour of truth.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Dad had named the dog Plato, the wilderness philosopher, for you saw by his eyes there was nothing he didn’t know.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Plato said everything in the world is just the shadow of some real thing we can’t see.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • In the darkness of his mind, he found himself thinking about universal consciousness …. about Plato’s writings on "the mind of the world" and "gathering God" …. Jung’s "collective unconscious."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Was it not Plato, that artist in thought, who had first analysed it?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • In a list of definitions included in the authentic translation of Plato, a list attributed to him, occurs this: "Natural Depravity: a depravity according to nature."
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • At the far end of the spectrum, we might be reminded of Plato, who in the "Parable of the Cave" section of The Republic (fifth century B.c.) gives us an image of the cave as consciousness and perception.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • …and a first lieutenant named Jimmy Cross, and the last surviving veteran of the American Civil War, and Jane Fonda dressed up as Barbarella, and an old man sprawled beside a pigpen, and my grandfather, and Gary Cooper, and a kind-faced woman carrying an umbrella and a copy of Plato’s Republic, and a million ferocious citizens waving flags of all shapes and colors-people in hard hats, people in headbands-they were all whooping and chanting and urging me toward one shore or the other.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Here I saw both Socrates and Plato, who before the others stand nearest to him; Democritus, who ascribes the world to chance; Diogenes, Anaxagoras, and Thales, Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Zeno; and I saw the good collector of the qualities, Dioscorides, I mean; and I saw Orpheus, Tully, and Linus, and moral Seneca, Euclid the geometer, and Ptolemy, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen, and Averrhoes, who made the great comment.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • In Plato’s allegory of the metals, the philosopher classifies men into groups of gold, silver, and lead.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Their taste in books was catholic, at any rate; Plato in Greek touched Omar in English; Nietzsche partnered Newton; Thomas More was there, and also Hannah More, Thomas Moore, George Moore, and even Old Moore.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He was deeply read in the antients, and a profest master of all the works of Plato and Aristotle.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • We see what we see because these ghosts show it to us, ghosts of Moses and Christ and the Buddha, and Plato, and Descartes, and Rousseau and Jefferson and Lincoln, on and on and on.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • His voice stirred everyone like a trumpet as he spoke these words: but when he added under his breath "It’s all in Plato, all in Plato: bless me, what do they teach them at these schools!" the older ones laughed.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • He felt that there was much to be said, after all, for a sternly censorous attitude towards the arts, such as Plato adopted, and Bossuet, and the old school of education in France.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • And if you still think it worth your while we can philosophize together and argue and talk about music and Mozart and Gluck and Plato and Goethe to your heart’s content.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • But that is not it I intend to speak of here; my designe being not to shew what is Law here, and there; but what is Law; as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and divers others have done, without taking upon them the profession of the study of the Law.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • As pure and transcendent as any Idea which ever cast a shadow into Plato’s dark cave of our perceptions.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …my back, and with a book as dry as a rush, devoid of invention, meagre in style, poor in thoughts, wholly wanting in learning and wisdom, without quotations in the margin or annotations at the end, after the fashion of other books I see, which, though all fables and profanity, are so full of maxims from Aristotle, and Plato, and the whole herd of philosophers, that they fill the readers with amazement and convince them that the authors are men of learning, erudition, and eloquence.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The riddle of existence is the college curriculum that was laid before the Pharaohs, that was taught in the groves by Plato, that formed the trivium and quadrivium, and is to-day laid before the freedmen’s sons by Atlanta University.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • And among the Greeks, not only Hermaphrodite (the child of Hermes and Aphrodite),89 but Eros too, the divinity of love (the first of the gods, according to Plato),’x’ were in sex both female and male.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Plato would have approved of him as an example of the philosopher-statesman, though Sen did not altogether approve of Plato, whom he suspected of grossly misrepresenting Socrates.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • The woman from the bulrush basket or the woman from Plato’s myth?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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