7 Quotes from Plato That Will Inspire

Plato features in my second book The Labyrinthine Journey, and it was his dialogues Critias and Timaeus, that inspired the premise of my story and the enduring legend of Atlantis.

Plato from the School of Athens by Raphael, 1509 Wikipedia

Here are seven quotes I found inspiring:

  1. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

  2. Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

  3. Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

  4. Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.

  5. People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.

  6. A house that has a library in it has a soul.

  7. All is flux, nothing stays still.


Added bonus ones that I wanted to include:

  • Courage is knowing what not to fear.

  • Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

Which of the quotes inspire you?

Many historians believe Plato’s dialogues were a moralistic tale on what would happen to a society that flaunts wealth and hubris, and a precursor to his published work The Republic. While there are many theories as to why he wrote these particular dialogues, I do believe he was recounting a historical event. Given that Homer’s Iliad was based on a series of wars between the Trojans and the Greeks and spanned decades and possibly centuries, which culminated into one great story based on certain events, then Plato’s recount of the devastating destruction of Atlantis can be factual. After all, the island of Santorini and discovery of Akrotiri fit the descriptions he has given in his dialogues.

Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.

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