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Definition ancient Athenian philosopher who did much to influence Western thinking; pupil of Socrates; teacher of Aristotle (428-347 BC)
  • 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."
  • In Plato's allegory of the metals, the philosopher classifies men into groups of gold, silver, and lead.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Plato, Sophocles, Homer, Dryden, Coleridge, Shelley, Shaw.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Remember the words of Plato.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Every philosopher from Plato up should thank you.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Then Gladys, the new pantry maid, began to sing: Yo tiro la cuchara, Yo tiw el tenedor Yo tiro to'lo'plato' Yme voypa' Nueva Yof.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Plato observed a long while ago that those stomachs are not the best that reject all sorts of food.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Plato, I believe, said that beauty is the splendour of truth.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The woman from the bulrush basket or the woman from Plato's myth?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Their subdued conversations, however casual, were as full of meaning as the dialogues of Plato.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He could quote glibly from Plato, Nietzsche, Montaigne, Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis de Sade and Warren G. Harding.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Plato said everything in the world is just the shadow of some real thing we can't see.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • "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
  • The writer whose narratives record the lofty deeds of those heroic times is Plato himself.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was a question pertaining to Plato's metaphysics, which Plato hadn't had the sense to ask of himself.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • How many, think ye, have likewise fallen into Plato's honey head, and sweetly perished there?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A benevolent dictator is best, as Plato himself realized.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • But a nation of philosophers is as little to be expected as the philosophical race of kings wished for by Plato.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Plato's dialogues, to be precise.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • 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

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