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  • The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • The philosopher whose dealings are with divine order himself acquires the characteristics of order and divinity.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one's education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • And then, at this stage, every dictator comes up with the notorious and typical demand: he asks the people for bodyguards to protect him, the people's champion.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • Then we shan't regard anyone as a lover of knowledge or wisdom who is fussy about what he studies…
    (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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