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  • There is a constant suspicion that headache and giddiness are to be ascribed to philosophy, and hence all practising or making trial of virtue in the higher sense is absolutely stopped; for a man is always fancying that he is being made ill, and is in constant anxiety about the state of his body.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • Either we shall find what it is we are seeking or at least we shall free ourselves from the persuasion that we know what we do not know.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • There's no chance of their having a conscious glimpse of the truth as long as they refuse to disturb the things they take for granted and remain incapable of explaining them. For if your starting-point is unknown, and your end-point and intermediate stages are woven together out of unknown material, there may be coherence, but knowledge is completely out of the question.
    (Plato, "The Republic")


  • Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
    (Plato)

  • When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.
    (Plato)

  • The democratic youth lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.
    (Plato)

  • Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
    (Plato)

  • I wonder if we could contrive some magnificent myth that would in itself carry conviction to our whole community
    (Plato)

  • Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
    (Plato)

  • Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
    (Plato)

  • Knowledge is true opinion.
    (Plato)

  • If a man be endowed with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility.
    (Plato)

  • More will be accomplished, and better, and with more ease, if every man does what he is best fitted to do, And nothing else.
    (Plato)


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