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Plato quotes (151)

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
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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.
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A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.
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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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All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
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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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And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
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Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
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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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As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
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Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
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At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
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Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
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Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
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Courage is a kind of salvation.
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Courage is knowing what not to fear.
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Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
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Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
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Democracy passes into despotism.
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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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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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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.
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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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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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Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
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For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
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For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
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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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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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Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.
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He was a wise man who invented beer.
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He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.
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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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He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
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Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
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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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Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
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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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I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
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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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I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
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I would fain grow old learning many things.
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If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
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If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals.
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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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Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
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Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
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It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.
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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.
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It is right to give every man his due.
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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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Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
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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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Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
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Knowledge is true opinion.
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Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
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Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
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Life must be lived as play.
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Love is a serious mental disease.
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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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Man - a being in search of meaning.
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Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.
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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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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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Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
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Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
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Necessity... the mother of invention.
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