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By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

Ignorance: the root of all evil.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

The poets are nothing but interpreters of the gods, each one possessed by the divinity to whom he is in bondage.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

I do believe that there are gods, and in a far higher sense than that in which any of my accusers believe in them.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Plato

With this they all agreed not to get drunk that evening but for each man to drink only as much as he wished.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

Abstinence is the surety of temperance.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

Nothing ever is, everything is becoming.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

He who has knowledge of the just and the good and beautiful ... will not, when in earnest, write them in ink.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

Then the lover, who is true and no counterfeit, must of necessity be loved by his love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

When men speak ill of thee, live so that nobody will believe them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

The first and the best victory is to conquer self.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

I have good hope that there is something after death.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

It is our duty to select the best and most dependable theory that human intelligence can supply, and use it as a raft to ride the seas of life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

[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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

When anything is in the presence of evil, but is not as yet evil, the presence of good arouses the desire of good in that thing; but the presence of evil, which makes a thing evil, takes away the desire and friendship of the good; for that which was once both good and evil has now become evil only, and the good has no friendship with evil.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

And if there were only some way of contriving that a state or an army should be made up of lovers and their beloved, they would be the very best governors of their own city, abstaining from all dishonour, and emulating one another in honour; and when fighting at each other's side, although a mere handful, they would overcome the world. For what lover would not choose rather to be seen by all mankind than by his beloved, either when abandoning his post or throwing away his arms? He would be ready to die a thousand deaths rather than endure this. Or who would desert his beloved or fail him in the hour of danger?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

Man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door of his prison and run away... A man should wait, and not take his own life until God summons him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

Hence it is from the representation of things spoken by means of posture and gesture that the whole of the art of dance has been elaborated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

Neither human wisdom nor divine inspiration can confer upon man any greater blessing than this [live a life of happiness and harmony here on earth].

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

The deity on purpose [sings] the liveliest of all lyrics through the most miserable poet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

Geometry existed before creation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

Virtue is a kind of health, beauty and good habit of the soul.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

I can show you that the art of calculation has to do with odd and even numbers in their numerical relations to themselves and to each other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Plato

Similarly with regard to truth, won't we say that a soul is maimed if it hates a voluntary falsehood, cannot endure to have one in itself, and is greatly angered when it exists in others, but is nonetheless content to accept an involuntary falsehood, isn't angry when it is caught being ignorant, and bears its lack of learning easily, wallowing in it like a pig?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

Ignorance is the root cause of all difficulties.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

Wonder [said Socrates] is very much the affection of a philosopher; for there is no other beginning of philosophy than this.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

The music masters familiarize children's minds with rhythms and melodies, thus making them more civilized, more balanced, better adjusted in themselves, and more capable in whatever they say or do, for rhythm and harmony are essential to the whole of life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

The wisest have the most authority.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

For our discussion is on no trifling matter, but on the right way to conduct our lives.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

In an honest man there is always something of a child.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

Man is a being in search of meaning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

Happiness springs from doing good and helping others.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

Madness comes from God, whereas sober sense is merely human.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

Let every man remind their descendants that they also are soldiers who must not desert the ranks of their ancestors, or from cowardice fall behind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Plato

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Plato

Of all the things which a man has, next to the gods his soul is the most divine and most truly his own.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Plato

Arguments derived from probabilities are idle.