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  • The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.
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  • Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
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  • If the study of all these sciences which we have enumerated, should ever bring us to their mutual association and relationship, and teach us the nature of the ties which bind them together, I believe that the diligent treatment of them will forward the objects which we have in view, and that the labor, which otherwise would be fruitless, will be well bestowed.
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  • When speaking of divine perfection, we signify that God is just and true and loving, the author of order, not disorder, of good, not evil. We signify that he is justice, that he is truth, that he is love, that he is order, that he is the very progress of.
    (Plato)

  • Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
    (Plato)


  • To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
    (Plato)

  • Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.
    (Plato)

  • The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
    (Plato)

  • To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed.
    (Plato)

  • At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
    (Plato)

  • A man left gold another took it left a noose, So the first hanged himself having but life to lose
    (Plato)

  • I think a man's duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life
    (Plato)

  • There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.
    (Plato)

  • We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
    (Plato)

  • I have good hope that there is something after death.
    (Plato)


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