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  • When men speak ill of you, live so as nobody may believe them.
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  • For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches.
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  • The true lover of learning then must his earliest youth, as far as in him lies, desire all truth.... He whose desires are drawn toward knowledge in every form will be absorbed in the pleasures of the soul, and will hardly feel bodily pleasures I mean, if he be a true philosopher and not a sham one ... Then how can he who has the magnificence of mind and is the spectator of all times and all existence, think much of human life He cannot. Or can such a one account death fearful No indeed.
    (Plato)

  • Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
    (Plato)

  • For neither birth, nor wealth, nor honors, can awaken in the minds of men the principles which should guide those who from their youth aspire to an honorable and excellent life, as Love awakens them
    (Plato)


  • Let us affirm what seems to be the truth, that, whether one is or is not, one and the others in relation to themselves and one another, all of them, in every way, are and are not, and appear to be and appear not to be.
    (Plato)

  • You cannot conceive the many without the one.
    (Plato)

  • They see only their own shadows or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave
    (Plato)

  • The passionate are like men standing on their heads they see all things the wrong way.
    (Plato)

  • Well, my art of midwifery is in most respects like theirs but differs, in that I attend men and not women, and I look after their souls when they are in labor, and not after their bodies and the triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble and true birth.
    (Plato)

  • Light is the shadow of God.
    (Plato)

  • There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.
    (Plato)

  • I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
    (Plato)

  • The ludicrous state of solid geometry made me pass over this branch.
    (Plato)

  • There is no such thing as a lovers' oath.
    (Plato)


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