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Plato (ca. May 21? 427 BC ca. 347 BC) was an immensely influential classical Greek philosopher, student of Socrates, teacher of Aristotle, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens.

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We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
Science is nothing but perception.
The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
Love is a serious mental disease.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
Truth is its own reward.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
All learning has an emotional base.
Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
Man is a being in search of meaning.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.
He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.
The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
I have good hope that there is something after death.
Even the gods love jokes.
Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
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".
only the dead have seen the end of war plato 347 b c
The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it; but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.
Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
Whenever a person strives, by the help of dialectic, to start in pursuit of every reality by a simple process of reason, independent of all sensuous information -- never flinching, until by an act of the pure intelligence he has grasped the real nature of good -- he arrives at the very end of the intellectual world.

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