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A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.
No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.
The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
Plato had defined Man as an animal, biped and featherless, and was applauded. Diogenes plucked a fowl and brought it into the lecture-room with the words, "Behold Plato's man!"
the old axiom that 'all power corrupts' has doubtful validity, because it derives from our neglect of Plato's advice to find men carefully and train them by methods which make them fit for heroes.
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
A good decision is based on knowledge, and not on numbers.
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.
The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
He is unworthy of the name of man who is ignorant of the fact that the diagonal of a square is incommensurable with its side.
Man is a being in search of meaning.
The only good thing that we owe to Plato and Aristotle is that they brought forward many arguments which we can use against the heretics. Yet they and other philosophers are now in hell.
And Numenius, the Pythagorean philosopher, expressly writes: 'For what is Plato, but Moses speaking in Attic Greek.'
Said Aristotle unto Plato, 'Have another sweet potato?' Said Plato unto Aristotle, 'Thank you, I prefer the bottle.'
Plato, quite decadently, wore an earring while young.
Half of these aren't even Machiavelli. Some are Plato, Thucydides etc....doesnt anyone check these?
The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
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.
No human thing is of serious importance.
Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well?
My mind was formed by studying philosophy, Plato and that sort of thing.
Where the people are well educated, the art of piloting a state is best learned from the writings of Plato.
Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.
The great spiritual geniuses, whether it was Moses, Buddha, Plato, Socrates, Jesus, or Emerson..... have taught man to look within himself to find God.
The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal.
Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
No intelligent man will ever be so bold as to put into language those things which his reason has contemplated.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
Wise men speak because they have something to say
The wisest have the most authority.
Plato described ordinary life as unthinking, lived in a dim cave of shadowy reflections, but said that it is possible to leave the cave and see things in sunlit clarity as they actually are.
Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.
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.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
A well begun is half ended.
There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend.
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.
John Adams was a farmer, Abraham Lincoln a small town lawyer. Plato and Socrates were teachers. Jesus was a carpenter. To equate wisdom and judgement with occupation is at best insulting.
Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
God is not the author of all things, but of good only.
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.
Socrates had a student named Plato, Plato had a student named Aristotle, and Aristotle had a student named Alexander the Great.
Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
If Plato is a fine red wine, then Aristotle is a dry martini.