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  • Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
    (Plato)

  • The world is God's epistle to mankind - his thoughts are flashing upon us from every direction.
    (Plato)

  • Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
    (Plato)

  • The music masters familiarizes children's minds with rhythms and melodies, thus making them more civilized, more balanced, better adjusted in themselves, and more capable in whatever they say or do, for rhythm and harmony are essential to the whole o
    (Plato)

  • Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.
    (Plato)


  • ... you did not seem to me over-fond of money. And this is the way in general with those who have not made it themselves, while those who have are twice as fond of it as anyone else. For just as poets are fond of their own poems, and fathers of their own children, so money-makers become devoted to money, not only because, like other people, they find it useful, but because its their own creation.
    (Plato)

  • Life must be lived as play.
    (Plato)

  • It is right to give every man his due.
    (Plato)

  • The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.
    (Plato)

  • One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
    (Plato)

  • Those who seek power are not worthy of that power.
    (Plato)

  • Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.
    (Plato)

  • The measure of a man is what he does with power.
    (Plato)

  • For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
    (Plato)

  • Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
    (Plato)


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