Plato Quotes

Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.N.B. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. See also Napoleon Bonaparte.
Thinking The talking of the soul with itself.
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.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
Wise men talk because they have something to say fools, because they have to say something.
If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
So as this only point among the rest remaineth sure and certain, namely, that nothing is certain.
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
The true lover of learning then must his earliest youth, as far as in him lies, desire all truth. . .He whose desires are drawn toward knowledge in every form will be absorbed in the pleasures of the soul, and will hardly feel bodily pleasures- -I mean, if he be a true philosopher and not a sham one. . .Then how can he who has the magnificence of mind and is the spectator of all times and all existence, think much of human life He cannot. Or can such a one account death fearful No indeed.
Philosophy is the highest music.
The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.
Life must be lived as play.
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
No human thing is of serious importance.
Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.
There is no such thing as a lover's oath. 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.
The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
Death is not the worst than can happen to men.
The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways - I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.
Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
You cannot conceive the many without the one.
The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.
They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
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.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.
The greatest penalty of evildoing - namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.
Friends have all things in common.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.
You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
There are three arts which are concerned with all things one which uses, another which makes, and a third which imitates them.
The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
The people have always 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.
Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.
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