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  • A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.
    (Plato)

  • The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.
    (Plato)

  • Justice is having and doing what is one's own.
    (Plato)

  • Pleasure is the bait of sin.
    (Plato)

  • Courage is knowing what not to fear.
    (Plato)


  • Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
    (Plato)

  • We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
    (Plato)

  • Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • Necessity... the mother of invention.
    (Plato)

  • In the world of knowledge, the essential Form of Good is the limit of our inquiries, and can barely be perceived but, when perceived, we cannot help concluding that it is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful --in the visible world giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing, immediately and with full authority, truth and reason --and that whosoever would act wisely, either in private or in public, must set this Form of Good before his eyes.
    (Plato)

  • If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
    (Plato)

  • When there is an income tax, the just will pay more and the unjust less
    (Plato)

  • The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of bad men.
    (Plato)

  • The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs when he first appears he is a protector.
    (Plato)

  • The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.
    (Plato)


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