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human behavior flows quote by plato

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

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to prefer evil to go quote by plato

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.

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there will be no end quote by plato

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.

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all men are by natur quote by plato

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

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music is the movemen quote by plato

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

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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.

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The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.

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

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When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

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The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.

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If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.

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For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.

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Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.

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And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.

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Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

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The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.

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Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

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There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.

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Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

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He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

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Philosophy is the highest music.

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For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.

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No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

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Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.

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Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.

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Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.

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Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.

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Knowledge is true opinion.

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Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.

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Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.

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I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.

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No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.

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The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.

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Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.

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We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.

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Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.

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Love is a serious mental disease.

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

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Philosophy begins in wonder.

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Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.

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No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

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Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.

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Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.

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

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How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?

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Courage is knowing what not to fear.

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Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.

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States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.

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One man cannot practice many arts with success.

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Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.

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No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.

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There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.

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The beginning is the most important part of the work.

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The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.

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Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.

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This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.

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I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

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

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Only the dead have seen the end of war.

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They certainly give very strange names to diseases.

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They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.

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Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.

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At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

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Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.

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When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

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When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.

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We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.

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All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.

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Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.

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Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.

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The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.

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Si vis pacem, para bellum

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Then we got into a labyrinth, and, when we thought we were at the end,came out again at the beginning, having still to see as much as ever.

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Money-makers are tiresome company, as they have no standard but cash value.

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I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.

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Writing is the geometry of the soul."

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Let no one destitute of Geometry enter my doors."

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He who approaches the temple of the Muses without inspiration, in the belief that craftsmanship alone suffices, will remain a bungler and his presumptuous poetry will be obscured by the songs of the maniacs."

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Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood let alone believed by the masses.

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Abstinence is the surety of temperance.

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We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.

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

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Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.

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Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.

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A dog has the soul of a philosopher.

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The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

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I shall assume that your silence gives consent.

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Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

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The mere athlete becomes too much of a savage.

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Better a good enemy than a bad friend.

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

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Pleasure is the bait of sin

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They would be subject to no one, neither to lawful ruler nor to the reign of law, but would be altogether and absolutely free. That is the way they got their tyrants, for either servitude or freedom, when it goes to extremes, is an utter bane, while either in due measure is altogether a boon.

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Homosexuality is regarded as shameful by barbarians and by those who live under despotic governments just as philosophy is regarded as shameful by them, because it is apparently not in the interest of such rulers to have great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful friendships or passionate love - all of which homosexuality is particularly apt to produce.

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When a beautiful soul harmonizes with a beautiful form, and the two are cast in one mould, that will be the fairest of sights to him who has the eye to contemplate the vision.

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When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading: Henny Youngman. He was a wise man who invented beer

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He was a wise man who invented beer.

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Thinking is the soul talking to itself.

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Arithmetic is a kind of knowledge in which the best natures should be trained, and which must not be given up.

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I know nothing more worthy of a man's ambition than that his son be the best of men.

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Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.

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As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.

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He who is of a calm and happy nature, will hardly feel the pressure of age

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What is better adapted than the festive use of wine in the first place to test and in the second place to train the character of a man, if care be taken in the use of it? What is there cheaper or more innocent?

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It is as expedient that a wicked man be punished as that a sick man be cured by a physician; for all chastisement is a kind of medicine.

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This alone is to be feared: the closed mind, the sleeping imagination, the death of spirit.

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... the community suffers nothing very terrible if its cobblers are bad and become degenerate and pretentious; but if the Guardians of its laws and constitution, who alone have the opportunity to bring it good government and prosperity, become a mere sham, then clearly it is completely ruined.

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Avoid compulsion and let early education be a matter of amusement. Young children learn by games; compulsory education cannot remain in the soul.

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Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.

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There's a victory and defeat-the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats-which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.

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Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.

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Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul

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A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways - by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.

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The power to learn is present in everyone's soul, and the instrument with which each learns is like an eye that cannot be turned around from darkness to light without turning the whole body.

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Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.

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Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.

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The only real ill-doing is the deprivation of knowledge.

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For every man who has learned to fight in arms will desire to learn the proper arrangement of an army, which is the sequel of the lesson.

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He is unworthy of the name of man who is ignorant of the fact that the diagonal of a square is incommensurable with its side.

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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.

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The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don't know...How, then, can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what's its own and what's alien.

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For the man who makes everything that leads to happiness, or near to it, to depend upon himself, and not upon other men, on whose good or evil actions his own doings are compelled to hinge,--such a one, I say, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation; this is the man of manly character and of wisdom.

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The democratic youth lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.

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Mathematics is like draughts in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state.

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The bees can abide no drones amongst them; but as soon as they begin to be idle, they kill them.

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Do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement.

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Let early education be a sort of amusement. You will then be better able to find out the natural bent.

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Mob rule and emasculation of the wise' and 'who will watch the guardians'?

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False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

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Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.

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There should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor again excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil.

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That politician who curries favor with the citizens and indulges them and fawns upon them and has a presentiment of their wishes, and is skillful in gratifying them, he is esteemed a great statesman.

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The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect - it is too exciting.

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For neither birth, nor wealth, nor honors, can awaken in the minds of men the principles which should guide those who from their youth aspire to an honorable and excellent life, as Love awakens them

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And the quality of good judgement is clearly a form of knowledge and skill, as it is because of knowledge and not because of ignorance that we judge well.

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A drunkard is unprofitable for any kind of good service.

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A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.

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According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.

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That a guardian should require another guardian to take care of him is ridiculous indeed.

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

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Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity.

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Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds.

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Haughtiness lives under the same roof with solitude.

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Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them.

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To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.

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Cooking is a form of flattery....a mischievous, deceitful, mean and ignoble activity, which cheats us by shapes and colors, by smoothing and draping....

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Man...is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.

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The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.

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Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.

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Wealth and poverty; one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.

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Grant that I may become beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions may be in harmony with my inner self. May I consider the wise to be rich, and may I have such riches as only a person of self-restraint can bear or endure.

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Even the gods love jokes.

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In one sense it is evident that the art of kingship does include the art of lawmaking. But the political ideal is not full authority for laws but rather full authority for a man who understands the art of kingship and has kingly ability.

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And isn't it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are.

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No man should be angry with what is true.

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Wherever it has been established that it is shameful to be involved with sexual relationships with men, that is due to evil on the part of the rulers, and to cowardice on the part of the governed.

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The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.

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For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy.

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And when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other's sight, as I may say, even for a moment...

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Our love for our children springs from the soul's greatest yearning for immortality.

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Neither do the ignorant love wisdom or desire to become wise; for this is the grievous thing about ignorance, that those who are neither good nor beautiful think they are good enough, and do not desire that which they do not think they are lacking.

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

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Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, making sacrifices, singing and dancing, and then a man will be able to propitiate the gods.

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There is nothing so delightful as the hearing, or the speaking of truth. For this reason, there is no conversation so agreeable as that of the man of integrity, who hears without any intention to betray, and speaks without any intention to deceive.

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I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

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

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In order to seek one's own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.

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Love is a severe mental disorder.

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The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person.

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Do not expect justice where might is right.

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Either death is a state of nothingness and utter consciousness, or, as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is to gain; for eternity is then only a single night.

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Democracy leads to anarchy, which is mob rule.

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Moderation, which consists in indifference about little things, and in a prudent and well-proportioned zeal about things of importance, can proceed from nothing but true knowledge, which has its foundation in self-acquaintance.

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Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.

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The judge should not be young, he should have learned to know evil, not from his own soul, but from late and long observation of the nature of evil in others.

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We understand why children are afraid of darkness ... but why are men afraid of light?

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I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with

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There is no such thing as a lovers' oath.

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Through obedience learn to command.

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Just as it would be madness to settle on medical treatment for the body of a person by taking an opinion poll of the neighbors, so it is irrational to prescribe for the body politic by polling the opinions of the people at large.

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There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children's lessons take the form of play.

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Pepper is small in quantity and great in virtue.

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Thus rhetoric, it seems, is a producer of persuasion for belief, not for instruction in the matter of right and wrong ... And so the rhetorician's business is not to instruct a law court or a public meeting in matters of right and wrong, but only to make them believe.

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Those whose hearts are fixed on Reality itself deserve the title of Philosophers.

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The philosopher is in love with truth, that is, not with the changing world of sensation, which is the object of opinion, but with the unchanging reality which is the object of knowledge.

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One trait in the philosopher's character we can assume is his love of the knowledge that reveals eternal reality, the realm unaffected by change and decay. He is in love with the whole of that reality, and will not willingly be deprived even of the most insignificant fragment of it - just like the lovers and men of ambition we described earlier on.

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But the man who is ready to taste every form of knowledge, is glad to learn and never satisfied - he's the man who deserves to be called a philosopher, isn't he?'

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And tell him it's quite true that the best of the philosophers are of no use to their fellows; but that he should blame, not the philosophers, but those who fail to make use of them.

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In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these means, man can attain perfection.

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The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.

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Physical excellence does not of itself produce a good mind and character: on the other hand, excellence of mind and character will make the best of the physique it is given.

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No human thing is of serious importance.

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In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The wisest have the most authority.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

He who is learning and learning and doesn't apply what he knows is like the one who is plowing and plowing and doesn't seed.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Mankind will never see an end of trouble until lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power become lovers of wisdom

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The choice of souls was in most cases based on their own experience of a previous life... Knowledge easily acquired is that which the enduing self had in an earlier life, so that it flows back easily.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

I know too well that these arguments from probabilities are imposters, and unless great caution is observed in the use of them, they are apt to be deceptive.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. ... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those who have a natural talent for calculation are generally quick-witted at every other kind of knowledge; and even the dull, if they have had an arithmetical training, although they may derive no other advantage from it, always become much quicker than they would have been.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Ignorance is the root cause of all difficulties.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Conversion is not implanting eyes, for they exist already; but giving them a right direction, which they have not

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

I think a man's duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Someday, in the distant future, our grandchildren's grandchildren will develop a new equivalent of our classrooms. They will spend many hours in front of boxes with fires glowing within. May they have the wisdom to know the difference between light and knowledge

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Menaklukan diri sendiri adalah kemenangan yang paling akbar.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one's education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Courage is a kind of salvation. Courage is knowing what not to fear.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

You should not honor men more than truth.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

No matter how hard you fight the darkness, every light casts a shadow, and the closer you get to the light, the darker that shadow becomes.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

I really do not know, Socrates, how to express what I mean. For somehow or other our arguments, on whatever ground we rest them, seem to turn round and walk away from us.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

[...]make sure you raise your children by having them play in their studies, and don't use force.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The soul of him who has education is whole and perfect and escapes the worst disease, but, if a man's education be neglected, he walks lamely through life and returns good for nothing to the world below.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is the task of the enlightened not only to ascend to learning and to see the good but to be willing to descend again to those prisoners and to share their troubles and their honors, whether they are worth having or not. And this they must do, even with the prospect of death.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Knowledge unqualified is knowledge simply of something learned.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

I thought to myself: I am wiser than this man; neither of us probably knows anything that is really good, but he thinks he has knowledge, when he has not, while I, having no knowledge, do not think I have.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A poet, you see, is a light thing, and winged and holy, and cannot compose before he gets inspiration and loses control of his senses and his reason has deserted him.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Ideas are the source of all things

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth. -Plato, philosopher (427-347 BCE)

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

if you think that a man who is any good at all should take into account the risk of life or death; he should look to this only in his action, whether what he does is right or wrong, whether he is acting life a good or a bad man.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Knowledge is the food of the soul.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

For once touched by love, everyone becomes a poet

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those who don't know must learn from those who do.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

for the best possible state of your soul, as I say to you: Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

for the unexamined life is not worth living.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Men of Athens, I honor and I love you, but I will obey the god rather than you and as long as I draw breath and am able, I shall not cease to practice philosophy, to exhort you and in my usual way to point out to any one of you whom I happen to meet.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The reason is that they utter these words of theirs not by virtue of a skill, but by a divine power - otherwise, if they knew how to speak well on one topic thanks to a skill, they would know how to speak about every other topic too.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Either we shall find what it is we are seeking or at least we shall free ourselves from the persuasion that we know what we do not know.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools, because they have to say something.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its law.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Be kind, because everyone is having a really hard time.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those wretches who never have experienced the sweets of wisdom and virtue, but spend all their time in revels and debauches, sink downward day after day, and make their whole life one continued series of errors.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

To be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards and carry that which is heavy up to the place where dwells the race of gods. More than any other thing that pertains to the body it partakes of the nature of the divine.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And once we have given our community a good start,' I pointed out, ' the process will be cumulative. By maintaining a sound system of education you produce citizens of good character, and citizens of sound character, with the advantage of a good education, produce in turn children better than themselves and better able to produce still better children in their turn, as can be seen with animals.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

There are some whom the applause of the multitude has deluded into the belief that they are really statesmen.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

... Societies aren t made of sticks and stones, but of men whose individual characters, by turning the scale one way or another, determine the direction of the whole.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Romantic Art: The Hearts Awakening - Bouguereau At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Watch a man at play for an hour and you can learn more about him than in talking to him for a year.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The three wishes of every man: to be healthy, to be rich by honest means, and to be beautiful.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Just as bees make honey from thyme, the strongest and driest of herbs, so do the wise profit from the most difficult of experiences.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

We must now examine whether just people also live better and are happier than unjust ones. I think it's clear already that this is so, but we must look into it further, since the argument concerns no ordinary topic, but the way we ought to live.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

True friendship can exist only between equals.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not content with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the essential nature of things.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

When the mind's eye rests on objects illuminated by truth and reality, it understands and comprehends them, and functions intelligently; but when it turns to the twilight world of change and decay, it can only form opinions, its vision is confused and its beliefs shifting, and it seems to lack intelligence.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

When you swear, swear seriously and solemnly, but at the same time with a smile, for a smile is the twin sister of seriousness.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A tyrant... is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Knowledge of the soul is the only universal truth and the only wisdom - all other knowledge is transient.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A democracy is a state in which the poor, gaining the upper hand, kill some and banish others, and then divide the offices among the remaining citizens equally, usually by lot.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Such, Echecrates, was the end of our comrade, who was, we may fairly say, of all those whom we knew in our time, the bravest and also the wisest and most upright man.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those who are not schooled and practised in truth [who are not honest and upright men] can never manage aright the government, nor yet can those who spend their lives as closet philosophers; because the former have no high purpose to guide their actions, while the latter keep aloof from public life....

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

For though a man should be a complete unbeliever in the being of gods; if he also has a native uprightness of temper, such persons will detest evil in men; their repugnance to wrong disinclines them to commit wrongful acts; they shun the unrighteous and are drawn to the upright.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Both poverty and wealth, therefore, have a bad effect on the quality of the work and the workman himself. Wealth and poverty, I answered. One produces luxury and idleness and a passion for novelty, the other meanness and bad workmanship and revolution into the bargain.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Integrity is your destiny-it is the light that guides your way.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it's almost impossible to stamp out.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Necessity... the mother of invention.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Democracy passes into despotism.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

I would fain grow old learning many things.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is no harm in repeating a good thing.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

. . . the triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble and true birth.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

. . . Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded. . . .

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

. . . you did not seem to me over-fond of money. And this is the way in general with those who have not made it themselves, while those who have are twice as fond of it as anyone else. For just as poets are fond of their own poems, and fathers of their own children, so money-makers become devoted to money, not only because, like other people, they find it useful, but because it's their own creation.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

.. we shall not be properly educated ourselves, nor will the guardians whom we are training, until we can recognise the qualities of discipline, courage, generosity, greatness of mind, and others akin to them, as well as their opposites in all their manifestations.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

... because it is correct to make a priority of young people, taking care that they turn out as well as possible...

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

... for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

... our purpose in founding our state was not to promote the happiness of a single class, but, so far as possible, of the whole community. Our idea was that we were most likely to justice in such a community, and so be able to decide the question we are trying to answer. We are therefore at the moment trying to construct what we think is a happy community by securing the happiness not of a select minority, but of a whole.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

... the good are not willing to rule either for the sake of money or of honor.

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... what we can be positive about is what we have just said, namely that they must be given the right education, whatever that may be, as the surest way to make them behave humanely to each other and the subjects in their charge.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

...for the object of education is to teach us to love beauty.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

...in every man there is an eye of the soul, which...is more precious far than ten thousand bodily eyes, for by it alone is truth seen.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

...that in our state one man was to do one job, and the job he was naturally most suited for .. And further, we have often heard and often said that justice consists of minding your own business and not interfering with other people.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

...that not life, but a good life, is to be chiefly valued.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

...the Gods too love a joke.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

...there are some who are naturally fitted for philosophy and political leadership, while the rest should follow their lead and let philosophy alone.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

[Aristotle] was the most eminent of all the pupils of Plato.... He seceded from Plato while he was still alive; so that they tell a story that [Plato] said, " Aristotle has kicked us off, just as chickens do their mother after they have been hatched.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

[M]ere knowledge of the truth will not give you the art of persuasion.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

[Not enough is known about solid geometry] and for two reasons: in the first place, no government places value on it; this leads to a lack of energy in the pursuit of it, and it is difficult. In the second place, students cannot learn it unless they have a teacher. But then a teacher can hardly be found....

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

[The Cretans have] more wit than words.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A certain portion of mankind do not believe at all in the existence of the gods.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A delightful form of government, anarchic and motley, assigning a kind of equality indiscriminately to equals and unequals alike!

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A fit of laughter, which has been indulged to excess, almost always produces a violent reaction.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A good education consists in knowing how to sing and dance well.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man is not learned until he can read, write and swim.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A nation will prosper to the degree that it honors it's teachers.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A person who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying; he or she ought only to consider whether in doing anything he or she is doing right or wrong- acting the part of a good person or a bad person.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A state arises,as I conceive,out of the needs of mankind;no one is self-sufficing,but all of us have many wants

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A State would be happy where philosophers were kings, or kings philosophers.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A true artist is someone who gives birth to a new reality.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A wise ignorance is an essential part of knowledge.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A work well begun is half-ended.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

A written discourse on any subject is bound to contain much that is fanciful.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Access to power must be confined to those who are not in love with it.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Adultery is the injury of nature.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

Again, truth should be highly valued; if, as we were saying, a lie is useless to the gods, and useful only as a medicine to men, then the use of such medicines should be restricted to physicians; private individuals have no business with them.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All I really know is the extent of my own ignorance

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All I would ask you to be thinking of is the truth and not Socrates.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All knowledge is but remembrance.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All learning is in the learner, not the teacher.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All men, well interrogated, answer well.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All the gold upon the earth and all the gold beneath it, does not compensate for lack of virtue.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All things are in fate, yet all things are not decreed by fate.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All thought begins with the recognition that something is out of place.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All wars are fought for the sake of getting money.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All well bred men should have mastered the art of singing and dancing.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

All who do evil and dishonorable things do them against their will.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

An hour of play is worth a lifetime of conversation.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

An old man is twice a child, and so is a drunken man.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And a democracy, I suppose, comes into being when the poor, winning the victory, put to death some of the other party, drive out others, and grant the rest of the citizens an equal share in both citizenship and offices.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And all knowledge, when separated from justice and virtue, is seen to be cunning and not wisdom; wherefore make this your first and last and constant and all-absorbing aim, to exceed, if possible, not only us but all your ancestors in virtue; and know that to excel you in virtue only brings us shame, but that to be excelled by you is a source of happiness to us.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And among the other honours and rewards our young men can win for distinguished service in war and in other activities, will be more frequent opportunities to sleep with a woman; this will give us a pretext for ensuring that most of our children are born of that parent.

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And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves, then he will gaze upon the light of the moon and the stars and the spangled heaven...Last of all he will be able to see the sun.

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And is it not true that in like manner a leader of the people who, getting control of a docile mob, does not withhold his hand from the shedding of tribal blood, but by the customary unjust accusations brings a citizen into court and assassinates him, blotting out a human life, and with unhallowed tongue and lips that have tasted kindred blood, banishes and slays and hints at the abolition of debts and the partition of lands.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And is there anything more closely connected with wisdom than truth?

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And may we not say, Adeimantus, that the most gifted minds, when they are ill- educated, become the worst?

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And so, when a person meets the half that is his very own, whatever his orientation, whether it's to young men or not, then something wonderful happens: the two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don't want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And the first step, as you know, is always what matters most, particularly when we are dealing with those who are young and tender. That is the time when they are taking shape and when any impression we choose to make leaves a permanent mark.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And the true order of going, or being led by another, to the things of love, is to begin from the beauties of earth and mount upwards for the sake of that other beauty, using these steps only, and from one going on to two, and from two to all fair forms to fair practices, and from fair practices to fair notions, until from fair notions he arrives at the notion of absolute beauty, and at last knows what the essence of beauty is.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And we have made of ourselves living cesspools, and driven doctors to invent names for our diseases.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And we must beg Homer and the other poets not to be angry if we strike out these and similar passages, not because they are unpoetical, or unattractive to the popular ear, but because the greater the poetical charm in them, the less are they meet for the ears of boys and men who are meant to be free, and who should fear slavery more than death.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And we shall most likely be defeated, and you will most likely be victors in the contest, if you learn so to order your lives as not to abuse or waste the reputation of your ancestors, knowing that to a man who has any self-respect, nothing is more dishonourable than to be honoured, not for his own sake, but on account of the reputation of his ancestors.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And what do you say of lovers of wine... they are glad of any pretext of drinking any wine

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)

And what shall he suffer who slays him who of all men, as they say, is his own best friend? I mean the suicide, who deprives himself by violence of his appointed share of life. Not because the law of the state requires him. Nor yet under the compulsion of some painful and inevitable misfortune which has come upon him. Nor because he has had to suffer from irremediable and intolerable shame, but who from sloth or want of manliness imposes upon himself an unjust penalty.

Plato (Source: SoberSides.com)