Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

“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.”

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”

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

“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.”

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

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

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

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

“Love is a serious mental disease.”

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

“There is truth in wine and children”

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings”

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws”

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

“I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.”

“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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

“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.”

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. ”

“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? ”

“Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the laws of the State always change with them.”

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.”

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”

“In politics we 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 the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”

“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.”

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

“You should not honor men more than truth.”

“Excellence” is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act “rightly” because we are “excellent”, in fact we achieve “excellence” by acting “rightly”.”

“Character is simply habit long continued.”
“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. ”

“The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one’s education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.”

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

“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. ”

“Love is the pursuit of the whole.”

“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

“You’re my Star, a stargazer too, and I wish that I were Heaven, with a billion eyes to look at you!”

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

“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

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

“To be afraid of death is only 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 to death whether it is not really the greatest blessing that can happen to man; but people dread it as though they were certain it is the greatest evil.” -The Last Days of Socrates”

“Books are immortal sons defying their sires.”

“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”

“Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.”

“Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.”

“Writing is the geometry of the soul. ”

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

“Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.”

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

“For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy.”

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

“I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.”

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”

“Man is a being in search of meaning.”

“When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.”

“But above all things truth beareth away the victory”

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.”

“All is flux, nothing stays still”

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”

“Philosophy is the highest music.”

“No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself”

“He was a wise man who invented God.”

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

“Love is simply the name for the desire and pursuit of the whole.”

“Is there a perfect world?”

“No human thing is of serious importance.”

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”

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

“The first and best victory is to conquer self”

“Only a philosopher’s mind grows wings, since its memory always keeps it as close as possible to those realities by being close to which the gods are divine.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Time is the moving image of reality”

“Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.”

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”

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

“Let the speaker speak truly and the judge decide justly.”

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”

“Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools, because they have to say something.”

“A life without investigation is not worth living”

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

“Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty”

“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life”

“True opinions are a fine thing and do all sorts of good so long as they stay in their place; but they will not stay long. They run away from a man’s mind, so they are not worth much until you tether them by working out the reason. Once they are tied down, they become knowledge, and are stable.”

“There is no such thing as a lover’s oath. ”

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

“Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.”

“We are like people looking for something they have in their hands all the time; we’re looking in all directions except at the thing we want, which is probably why we haven’t found it.”

“All learning has an emotional base.”

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being”

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

“Ideas are the source of all things”

“A dog has the soul of a philosopher.”

“The soul of him who has education is whole and perfect and escapes the worst disease, but, if a man’s education be neglected, he walks lamely through life and returns good for nothing to the world below.”

“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent.”

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

“How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?”

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

“Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.”

“Men of Athens, I honor and love you; but I shall obey God rather than you, and while I have life and strength I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy… Understand that I shall never alter my ways, not even if I have to die many times.”

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

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

“The evil never attains to any real friendship, either with good or evil.”

“Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance.”

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

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

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

“The beginning is the most important part of any work.”

“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.”

“What shall we say about those spectators, then, who can see a plurality of beautiful things, but not beauty itself, and who are incapable of following if someone else tries to lead them to it, and who can see many moral actions, but not morality itself, and so on? That they only ever entertain beliefs, and do not know any of the things they believe?”

“To the degree that I cease to persue my deepest passions, I will gradually be controlled by my deepest fears.”

“Knowledge is the food of the soul.”

“Courage is a kind of salvation. Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

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

“True friendship can exist only between equals.”

“Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.”

“Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.”

“Friends have all things in common.”

“He who refuses to rule is liable to be ruled by one who is worse than himself.”

“For to fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise without really being wise, for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For no one knows whether death may not be the greatest good that can happen to man.”

“Virtue is the desire of things honourable and the power of attaining them.”

“We do not learn, and that what we call learning is only a process of recollection.”

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