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  • When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
    (Plato)

  • In particular I may mention Sophocles the poet, who was once asked in my presence, ''How do you feel about love, Sophocles are you still capable of it'' to which he replied, ''Hush if you please to my great delight I have escaped from it, and feel as if I had escaped from a frantic and savage master.'' I thought then, as I do now, that he spoke wisely. For unquestionably old age brings us profound repose and freedom from this and other passions.
    (Plato)

  • No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
    (Plato)

  • The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.
    (Plato)

  • He is a fool who cannot be angry but he is a wise man who will not.
    (Plato)


  • 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?
    (Plato)

  • Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.
    (Plato)

  • The good is the beautiful.
    (Plato)

  • The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
    (Plato)

  • No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
    (Plato)

  • These, then, will be some of the features of democracy... it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, parti-colored commonwealth, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not.
    (Plato)

  • Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
    (Plato)

  • Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
    (Plato)

  • The fact that he Fitzgerald asked for authority that he probably already had, but wanted spelled out, makes it arguable that he had run into something rather quickly,
    (Plato)

  • False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
    (Plato)


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