Homosexuality, is regarded as shameful by barbarians and by those who live under despotic governments just as philosophy is regarded as shameful by them, because it is apparently not in the interest of such rulers to have great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful friendships or passionate love-all of which homosexuality is particularly apt to produce.
More Quotes from Plato:Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
Seven years of silent inquiry are needful for a man to learn the truth, but fourteen in order to learn how to make it known to his fellowmen.
The good is the beautiful.
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
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