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#1. Virtue is voluntary, vice involuntary. - Author: Plato
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#2. Discordance is evil. Harmony is virtue. - Author: Plato
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#3. A good education consists in knowing how to sing and dance well. - Author: Plato
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#4. 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. - Author: Plato
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#5. Love is the pursuit of the whole. - Author: Plato
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#6. Geometry existed before creation. - Author: Plato
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#7. We will be better and braver if we engage and inquire than if we indulge in
the idle fancy that we already know
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know what we do not know. - Author: Plato
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#8. One man cannot practice many arts with success. - Author: Plato
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#9. All men, well interrogated, answer well. - Author: Plato
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#10. Between knowledge of what really exists and ignorance of what does not exist lies the domain of opinion. It is more obscure than knowledge, but clearer than ignorance. - Author: Plato
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#11. To escape from evil we must be made as far as possible like God; and the resemblance consists in becoming just and holy and wise. - Author: Plato
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#12. Justice is having and doing what is one's own. - Author: Plato
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#13. There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. - Author: Plato
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#14. What a handsome face he had: but if he were naked you would forget he had a face, he is so beautiful in every way. - Author: Plato
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#15. The gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies ... they are the trees and the plants and the seeds. - Author: Plato
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#16. When a person supposes that he knows, and does not know; this appears to be the great source of all the errors of the intellect. - Author: Plato
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#17. Since then, as philosophers prove, appearance tyrannizes over truth and is lord of happiness, to appearance I must devote myself. - Author: Plato
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#18. and we must endeavour to persuade those who are to be the principal men of our State to go and learn arithmetic, not as amateurs, but they must carry on the study until they see the nature of numbers with the mind only; - Author: Plato
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#19. Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do. - Author: Plato
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#20. If in a discussion of many matters ... we are not able to give perfectly exact and self-consistent accounts, do not be surprised: rather we would be content if we provide accounts that are second to none in probability. - Author: Plato
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#21. Man is a two-legged animal without feathers. - Author: Plato
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#22. But Above all things truth beareth away the victory - Author: Plato
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#23. Love' is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete. - Author: Plato
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#24. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul - Author: Plato
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#25. What is honored in a country will be cultivated there. - Author: Plato
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#26. The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated. - Author: Plato
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#27. The tyranny imposed on the soul by anger, or fear, or lust, or pain, or envy, or desire, I generally call 'injustice.' - Author: Plato
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#28. Sin is disease, deformity, and weakness. - Author: Plato
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#29. Equals, the proverb goes, delight in equals. - Author: Plato
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#30. Even God is said to be unable to use force against necessity. - Author: Plato
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#31. Better to be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is the root of all misfortune. - Author: Plato
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#32. Wealth does not bring excellence, but that wealth comes from excellence. - Author: Plato
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#33. You wouldn't know him if I told you the name. HIPPIAS: But I know right now he's an ignoramus. - Author: Plato
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#34. O dear Pan and all the other gods of this place, grant that I may be beautiful inside. Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within. May I consider the wise man rich. As for gold, let me have as much as a moderate man could bear and carry with him. - Author: Plato
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#35. The greatest mistake physicians make is that they attempt to cure the body without attempting to cure the mind, yet the mind and the body are one and should not be treated separately! - Author: Plato
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#36. All who do evil and dishonorable things do them against their will. - Author: Plato
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#37. The qualities which a man seeks in his beloved are those characteristics of his own soul, whether he knows it or not. - Author: Plato
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#38. 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. - Author: Plato
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#39. Necessity is literally the mother of invention. - Author: Plato
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#40. Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences. - Author: Plato
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#41. When you feel grateful, you become great, and eventually attract great things. - Author: Plato
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#42. The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal. - Author: Plato
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#43. 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. - Author: Plato
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#44. The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things. - Author: Plato
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#45. May I do to others as I would that they should do unto me. - Author: Plato
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#46. Art has no end but its own perfection. - Author: Plato
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#47. Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety. - Author: Plato
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#48. SOCRATES: But you do say that he who is a good rhapsode is also a good general. ION: Certainly. - Author: Plato
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#49. Excellent things are rare. - Author: Plato
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#50. So the nature required to make a really noble Guardian of our commonwealth will be swift and strong, spirited, and philosophic. - Author: Plato
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#51. But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. - Author: Plato
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#52. May not the wolf, as the proverb says, claim a hearing? - Author: Plato
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#53. Fields and trees are not willing to teach me anything; but this can be effected by men residing in the city. - Author: Plato
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#54. [ ... ]make sure you raise your children by having them play in their studies, and don't use force. - Author: Plato
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#55. I really do not know, Socrates, how to express what I mean. For somehow or other our arguments, on whatever ground we rest them, seem to turn round and walk away from us. - Author: Plato
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#56. States will never be happy until rulers become philosophers or philosophers become rulers. - Author: Plato
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#57. When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. - Author: Plato
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#58. Time on its back bears all things far away - Full many a challenge is wrought by many a day - Shape, fortune, name, and nature all decay - Author: Plato
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#59. The rhetorician need not know the truth about things; he has only to discover some way of persuading the ignorant that he has more knowledge than those who know. - Author: Plato
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#60. The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. - Author: Plato
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#61. Mariner, do not ask whose tomb this may be, but go with good fortune: I wish you a kinder sea. - Author: Plato
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#62. Must not all things at last be swallowed up in Death? - Author: Plato
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#63. But tell me, this physician of whom you were just speaking, is he a moneymaker, an earner of fees, or a healer of the sick? - Author: Plato
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#64. He will find people there who, seeing the want, undertake the office of salesmen. In well-ordered states they are commonly those who are the weakest in bodily strength, and therefore of little use for any other purpose; - Author: Plato
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#65. For this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. - Author: Plato
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#66. Arguments, like men, are often pretenders. - Author: Plato
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#67. For once touched by love, everyone becomes a poet - Author: Plato
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#68. [M]ere knowledge of the truth will not give you the art of persuasion. - Author: Plato
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#69. Every unjust man is unjust against his will. - Author: Plato
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#70. And Agathon said, It is probable, Socrates, that I knew nothing of what I had said.
And yet spoke you beautifully, Agathon, he said. - Author: Plato
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#71. Knowledge is the rediscovering of our own insight. - Author: Plato
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#72. A work well begun is half-ended. - Author: Plato
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#73. Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul. - Author: Plato
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#74. Great parts produce great vices as well as virtues. - Author: Plato
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#75. And if we only have a guardian who has this knowledge our State will be perfectly ordered? Of course, he replied; but I wish that you would tell me whether you conceive this supreme principle of the good to be knowledge or pleasure, or different from either? Aye, - Author: Plato
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#76. For he who would proceed aright ... should begin in youth to visit beautiful forms ... out of that he should create fair thoughts; and soon he will of himself perceive that the beauty of one form is akin to the beauty of another, and that beauty in every form is one and the same. - Author: Plato
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#77. 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. - Author: Plato
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#78. I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long ... arousing and persuading and reproaching ... You will not easily find another like me. - Author: Plato
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#79. For we cannot suppose that States are made of 'oak and rock,' and not out of the human natures which are in them, and which in a figure turn the scale and draw other things after them? Yes, - Author: Plato
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#80. An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers. - Author: Plato
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#81. Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any. - Author: Plato
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#82. Repetitions. The Greek is in places very ungrammatical and intractable. - Author: Plato
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#83. Every king springs from a race of slaves, and every slave had kings among his ancestors. - Author: Plato
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#84. Are these things good for any other reason except that they end in pleasure, and get rid of and avert pain? Are you looking to any other standard but pleasure and pain when you call them good? - Author: Plato
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#85. They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases. - Author: Plato
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#86. More will be accomplished, and better, and with more ease, if every man does what he is best fitted to do, and nothing else. - Author: Plato
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#87. Someday, in the distant future, our grand-children' s grand-children will develop a new equivalent of our classrooms. They will spend many hours in front of boxes with fires glowing within. May they have the wisdom to know the difference between light and knowledge. - Author: Plato
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but then I call all philosophers that. - Author: Plato
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#89. Like mythology, Greek philosophy has a tendency to personify ideas. And the Sophist is not merely a teacher of rhetoric for a fee of one or fifty drachmae (Crat.), but an ideal of Plato's in which the falsehood of all mankind is reflected. - Author: Plato
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#90. You may feel irritated at being suddenly awakened when you are caught napping; and you may think that if you were to strike me dead as you easily might, then you would sleep on for the remainder of your lives, unless God in his care of you gives you another gadfly. - Author: Plato
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#91. Man is a biped without feathers. - Author: Plato
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#92. Simonides, then, after the manner of poets, would seem to have spoken darkly of the nature of justice; for he really meant to say that justice is the giving to each man what is proper to him, and this he termed a debt. That - Author: Plato
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#93. 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. - Author: Plato
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#94. Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. - Author: Plato
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#95. They assembled together and dedicated these as the first-fruits of their love to Apollo in his Delphic temple, inscribing there those maxims which are on every tongue- 'know thyselP and 'Nothing overmuch.' - Author: Plato
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#96. Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. - Author: Plato
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#97. The man who arrives at the doors of artistic creation with none of the madness of the Muses would be convinced that technical ability alone was enough to make an artist ... what that man creates by means of reason will pale before the art of inspired beings. - Author: Plato
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#98. Our need will be the real creator. - Author: Plato
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#99. 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? - Author: Plato
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#100. Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. - Author: Plato
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