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Quotes about Whole
by Plato

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato

Related topics: Wisdom

Our object in the construction of the state is the
greatest happiness of the whole,
and not that of any one class.
- Plato

Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails
in our country of men and women not following the same
pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind,
for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
- Plato

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.
- Plato

 

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

Life must be lived as play.
- Plato

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

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There is no such thing as a lovers' oath.
- Plato

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise,
the amazement of the Gods.
- Plato

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible
only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
- Plato

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in
politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
- Plato

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
- Plato

Music and rhythm find their way
into the secret places of the soul.
- Plato

There are two things a person should never be angry at,
what they can help, and what they cannot.
- Plato

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Plato

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
- Plato

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
- Plato

Silence gives consent.
- Plato

The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.
- Plato

Knowledge is true opinion.
- Plato

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
- Plato

The price of apathy towards public affairs
is to be ruled by evil men.
- Plato

Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
- Plato

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.
- Plato

Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil,
may not be the greatest good.
- Plato

When there is an income tax, the just man will pay
more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
- Plato

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
- Plato

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
- Plato

The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable.
- Plato

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
- Plato

The direction in which education starts a man will
determine his future in life.
- Plato

Wise men speak because they have something to say;
Fools because they have to say something.
- Plato

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction
in the opposite direction.
- Plato

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
- Plato

There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
- Plato

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs;
when he first appears he is a protector.
- Plato

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy,
and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery
out of the most extreme liberty.
- Plato

Love is a grave mental disease.
- Plato

When a Benefit is wrongly conferred,
the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
- Plato

No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man.
No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
- Plato

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
- Plato

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change
in the opposite direction,
whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals,
or in governments.
- 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

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
- Plato

Democracy passes into despotism.
- Plato

As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
- Plato

This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
- Plato

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful
in an educated and disciplined way.
- Plato

Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.
- Plato

If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals.
- Plato

The learning and knowledge that we have,
is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
- Plato

Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
- Plato

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
- Plato

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly,
while bad people will find a way around the laws.
- Plato

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither
themselves nor their own things,
but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
- Plato

People are like dirt.
They can either nourish you and help you grow as a
person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.
- Plato

It is right to give every man his due.
- Plato

Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling
with other men's concerns.
- Plato

We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that
the fictions which children first hear should be adapted
in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
- Plato

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals,
seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
- Plato

The most virtuous are those who content themselves
with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
- Plato

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
- Plato

Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
- Plato

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads
us from this world to another.
- Plato

The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.
- Plato

Democracy...
is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder;
and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
- Plato


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