Sunday, April 7, 2013

Plato Quotes


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.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
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.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
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.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
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.
Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil.


Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance.
To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.
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.
Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion and knowledge.
Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Philosophy is the highest music.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.
Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

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