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  • 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.
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  • Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
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  • That man is wisest who, like Socrates, realizes that his wisdom is worthless.
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  • The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.
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  • Philosophy is the highest music.
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  • The most virtuous of all men is he that contents himself with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
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  • And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
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  • The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
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  • They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.
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  • Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
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  • Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul
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  • The wise are doubtful.
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  • All things flow nothing abides.
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  • Philosophy begins in wonder.
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  • No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.
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