Living Well According to Plato

Plato was born in 423 B.C. He was a Classical Greek philosopher and mathematician who founded the first Western institution of higher learning, the Academy in Athens. His most famous writings are the dialogues which address logic, philosophy, math, and rhetoric. Along with Aristotle and Socrates, he is a founder of Western philosophy.

Be Wealthy

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.

Hardly any human being is capable of pursing two professions or two arts rightly.

Be Wise

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.

Be Courageous

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.

I never did anything worth doing by accident, not did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

Courage is knowing what not to fear.

The measure of a man is what he does with his power.

Be Just with Others

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.

He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.

Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns.

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.

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