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Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. ...
by Plato

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

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not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
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Life must be lived as play.
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The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
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The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato

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

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

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

Silence gives consent.
- 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

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
- Plato

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

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

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

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

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

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
- Plato

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

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

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

It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events
compels the soul to look upwards,
and draws it from the things of this world to the other.
- Plato

Knowledge is true opinion.
- Plato

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.
- 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

Man - a being in search of meaning.
- Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.
- Plato

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

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

The community which has neither poverty nor riches
will always have the noblest principles.
- Plato

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

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
- Plato

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

It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth,
that life is but a sojourn.
- Plato

He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much,
but with less power.
- Plato

Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard,
becomes a second time a child.
- Plato

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
- Plato

Science is nothing but perception.
- 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

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

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

He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.
- Plato

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

No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.
- Plato

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

The wisest have the most authority.
- Plato

Apply yourself both now and in the next life.
Without effort, you cannot be prosperous.
Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant
crop without cultivation.
- Plato

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
- Plato

One man cannot practice many arts with success.
- Plato

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

No man should bring children into the world who is
unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
- Plato

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
- Plato

A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand,
but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
- Plato

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

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

The good is the beautiful.
- Plato

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
- Plato

A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind;
no one is self-sufficing,
but all of us have many wants.
- Plato

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

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

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman;
and however we deceive ourselves,
as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
- Plato

Courage is a kind of salvation.
- Plato

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
- Plato

There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
- Plato

Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering,
and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
- Plato

Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.
- Plato

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.
- Plato

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

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
- Plato

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that
to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice,
and that justice is equality.
- Plato


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