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 Plato Quotes 

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We can easily forgive a child who is afraid afraid of the dark; the real tragedy tragedy of life is when men are afraid afraid of the light.

The price good men pay for indifference indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil evil men.

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

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

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

According According to Greek mythology, 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 condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.

Ignorance, the root and stem stem of every evil. evil.

...and when one of them meets the other half, the actual actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another another sort, sort, the pair are lost in an amazement 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...

In politics we presume 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 ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent eloquent one.

Necessity Necessity is the mother of invention.

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

Love is the pursuit of the whole. whole.

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

An empty vessel vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers. babblers.

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder beholder

...if a man can be properly said to love something, it must be clear that he feels affection for feels affection for it as a whole, whole, and does not love part of it to the exclusion exclusion of the rest.

To be afraid afraid of death is only another another form of thinking that one is wise when one is not; it is to think that one knows what one does not know. No one knows with regard regard to death whether it is not really the greatest blessing that can happen to happen to man; but people dread dread it as though they were certain certain it is the greatest evil." evil." The Last Days of Socrates

Books are immortal immortal sons defying defying their sires. sires.

There is in every one of us, even those who seem seem to be most moderate, moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, terrible, wild, and lawless.

The soul takes flight to the world that is invisible but there arriving she is sure of bliss bliss and forever forever dwells dwells in paradise. paradise.

The first and best victory is to conquer conquer self

Poetry is nearer to vital vital truth than history.

The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often often wakes up wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, nightmare, and his life is full of foreboding: foreboding: but the man who is conscious of no wrongdoing is filled with cheerfulness cheerfulness and with the comfort of old age.

All I really know is the extent extent of my own ignorance

Man...is a tame 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 divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill educated he is the most savage savage of earthly creatures.

Have you ever sensed that our soul is immortal immortal and never dies?

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

Everything that deceives deceives may be said to enchant. enchant.

Beauty of style and harmony harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity

what if the man could see Beauty Itself, pure, unalloyed, unalloyed, stripped of mortality, and all its pollution, stains, stains, and vanities, vanities, unchanging, divine,...the man becoming in that communion, the friend of God, himself immortal;...would that be a life to disregard? disregard?

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

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

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

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm charm to sadness, gaiety gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful.

If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease cease to exercise memory because they rely on rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means means of external marks. What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only its semblance, semblance, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem seem to know much, while for the most part they know nothing, and as men filled, not with wisdom, but with the conceit of wisdom, they will be a burden burden to their fellows.

The soul of man is immortal immortal and imperishable.

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

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

The man deserved deserved his fate, deny deny it who can; yes, but the fate did not deserve deserve the man.

You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially especially in the case of a young and tender tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression is more readily taken....Shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual casual tales which may be devised devised by casual casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up grown up

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

There is no such thing as a lover's oath. oath.

Calligraphy Calligraphy is a geometry of the soul which manifests manifests itself physically.

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

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

No thing more excellent nor more valuable valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God.

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

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

A sensible 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 recognise that the same thing happens to happens to the soul.

And I understood then that I was a fool when I told you I would take my turn in turn in singing the honours of Love, and admitted I was terribly clever in love affairs, whereas it seems seems I really had no idea how a eulogy eulogy ought to be made For made For I was stupid enough to think that we ought to speak the truth about each person eulogised, and to make this the foundation, and from these truths to choose the most beautiful things and arrange arrange them in the most elegant elegant way; and I was quite quite proud to think how well I should speak, because I believed that I knew the truth.

Love is a madness produced by an unsatisfiable rational rational desire to understand the ultimate ultimate truth about the world.

I am that gadfly which God has attached to attached to the state, and all day long ...arousing ...arousing and persuading persuading and reproaching...You will not easily find another another like me.

... when someone sees a soul disturbed and unable unable to see something, he won't laugh mindlessly, but he'll take into consideration consideration whether it has come from a brighter life and is dimmed through not having yet become accustomed accustomed to the dark or whether it has come from greater ignorance into greater light and is dazzled dazzled by the increased brillance.

Knowledge unqualified unqualified is knowledge simply of something learned. learned.

Here's something else I'd like your opinion opinion about," I said. "If he went back went back underground and sat down sat down again in the same spot, wouldn't the sudden transition from the sunlight mean mean that his eyes would be overwhelmed overwhelmed by darkness?

Similarly Similarly with regard regard to truth, won't we say that a soul is maimed if it hates a voluntary falsehood, cannot endure 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 bears its lack lack of learning easily, wallowing wallowing in it like a pig?

Imagine that the keeper of a huge, strong beast notices what makes it angry, what it desires, how it has to be approached approached and handled, handled, the circumstances circumstances and the conditions under which it becomes particularly particularly fierce fierce or calm, what provokes provokes its typical typical cries, and what tones of voice make it gentle or wild. Once he's spent enough time in the creature's company to acquire acquire all this information, he calls it knowledge, forms it into a systematic systematic branch of expertise, and starts to teach it, despite despite total ignorance, in fact, about which of the creature's attitudes and desires is commendable commendable or deplorable, deplorable, good or bad, moral or immoral. His usage of all these terms simply conforms conforms to the great beast's attitudes, and he describes things as describes things as good or bad according according to its likes and dislikes, and can't justify justify his usage of the terms any further, further, but describes as describes as right and good the things which are merely merely indispensable, indispensable, since he hasn't realised realised and can't explain to anyone else how vast vast a gulf there is between necessity necessity and goodness.

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