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Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

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

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.

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.

The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato Quotes from The Republic

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.

The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one’s education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.

Plato quotes on education and learning

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Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.

The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
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Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.

…and when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s sight, as I may say, even for a moment…
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Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

That’s what education should be,” I said, “the art of orientation. Educators should devise the simplest and most effective methods of turning minds around. It shouldn’t be the art of implanting sight in the organ, but should proceed on the understanding that the organ already has the capacity, but is improperly aligned and isn’t facing the right way. Plato quotes on education from The Republic

The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one’s education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.

According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.

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There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Check out our awesome collection of Lawyer Jokes

Have you ever sensed that our soul is immortal and never dies?

Each person must tend to the business that accords with his nature.

The desires of the worthless many are controlled by the desires and knowledge of the decent few.

Age isn’t easy for a good man if he’s poor, nor will a bad man ever be cheerful with himself even if he’s rich.

Great crimes and pure evil come only from vigorous natures perverted by upbringing; a weak nature never does anything great, good or evil. Plato Republic Quotes

Those who tell the stories rule society.

In practice people who study philosophy too long become very odd birds, not to say thoroughly vicious; while even those who are the best of them are reduced by…[philosophy] to complete uselessness as members of society.

Plato Music Quote

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Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.

…when he looks at Beauty in the only way that Beauty can be seen – only then will it become possible for him to give birth not to images of virtue (because he’s in touch with no images), but to true virtue [arete] (because he is in touch with true Beauty). The love of the gods belongs to anyone who has given to true virtue and nourished it, and if any human being could become immortal, it would be he. famous Plato Quotes from The Symposium

The society we have described can never grow into a reality or see the light of day, and there will be no end to the troubles of states, or indeed, my dear Glaucon, of humanity itself, till philosophers become rulers 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.

Love is of something, and that which love desires is not that which love is or has; for no man desires that which he is or has. And love is of the beautiful, and therefore has not the beautiful. And the beautiful is the good, and therefore, in wanting and desiring the beautiful, love also wants and desires the good.

The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings

He whom loves touches not walks in darkness.

Love is a serious mental disease.

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