PlatoPlato, (429-347 BC) Greek philosopher

Plato Quote

“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehood's school. And the one man who dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.”

~ Plato


Ratings and Comments

J Carlton, Calgary

We've been spoon fed false versions of history and socialist / communist crap for so long now that far too many don't even recognize it for what it is anymore. And that's what Public Education and the MSM have done. Stupefied people into being good consumers and taxpayers...idiot slaves.
Try explaining that to the average person...see what reaction you get. Plato was dead on.

jim k, Austin, Tx

Things haven't changed all that much in over 2000 years.

Anon, Anytown, USA

Reminds me of the old saying 'What goes around comes around'. Someone dare to try to speak the truth nowadays, the media paints them as a zealot of some sort, or a witch hunter! This quote was before Christ's time, we haven't change much, have we..... (the roller coaster ride of life!)

E Archer, NYC

Gee, I think I went to that school -- I knew something was wrong, I just didn't know what it was. Their conditioning didn't take. Being called a lunatic and a fool is a badge of honor for me. The truth will set you free.

Anonymous, Austin, TX

I cannot find this anywhere in the English or Greek writings of Plato.

Socrates, The World

What is the source of this quotation?

If you really care about truth, you would provide the source so we can be certain that Plato really did write it and that we don't walk around believing a lie.

Jefferson, Salina, KS

Seems that this quote is made up (not of Plato), despite being true.

Mike, Norwalk

The ole adage of, he who forgets history is doomed to relive it, is a kin to the above attributed poesy. Another lose simile is, "he who is taught falsehoods will still live the consequences of natural law's absolutes." (-; me ;-) Today's dominating religion (atheistic socialism) is absolutely antithetical to undefiled and unspotted truth, love, compassion, law, justice, liberty, prosperity and all else that illuminates the eternal nobility of man.

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D W, NOLa    2/10/15

He could have written it this morning...

Mike, Pleasant Hill

Well stated Mike, as where can it lead when the truth itself becomes offensive regardless of the source and there can only be one truth but when the truth becomes offensive the person who brings it is hated because it offends the liars.

Pedro Borrero, Yauco, P.R.

Plato was a genius ahead of his time.

Jitendra, Gurgaon, India

Ignorance and prejudice have been the mark of unenlightened masses and their manipulating political masters in every age and era. Truth is always at a premium and an attractive red rag for the bulls of stupidity and deceit.
No wonder mankind lumbers on under the burden of tyranny.

Robert, St. Emilion, France

Plato would have defined this statement with regards to "falsehood's school" as it has no credence as written....

Robert, somewhere in the USA

The quote is good but did he say it?
Quote Investigator: Researchers have found no substantive evidence that Plato made this remark. The earliest close match known to QI appeared in the 1871 book “Pen Sketches of Nebraskans” by A. C. Edmunds. An eccentric American railroad financier, presidential aspirant, and world traveler named George Francis Train received credit for the following. Emphasis added to excerpts by QI: 1
I'll still give it five regardless who said it!

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

Most choose the conventional route and remain lunatics and fools. The rare individual chooses nature's path and tells the truth.


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