Authors - Plato

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Plato (429 - 347 BC) is one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most penetrating, wide-ranging, and influential authors in the history of philosophy. An Athenian citizen of high status, he displays in his works his absorption in the political events and intellectual movements of his time, but the questions he raises are so profound and the strategies he uses for tackling them so richly suggestive and provocative that educated readers of nearly every period have in some way been influenced by him, and in practically every age there have been philosophers who count themselves Platonists in some important respects. - Stanford

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Quote 267by Anonymous on 23/12/2010

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
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    Quote 478by Anonymous on 04/01/2011

    The greatest penalty of evildoing - namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.
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      Quote 814by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

      If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
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        Quote 851by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

        You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
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          Quote 1143by Anonymous on 10/01/2011

          You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
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            Quote 1405by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

            The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
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              Quote 1422by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

              Death is not the worst than can happen to men.
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                Quote 1606by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                No human thing is of serious importance.
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                  Quote 1613by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                  There are three arts which are concerned with all things: one which uses, another which makes, and a third which imitates them.
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                    Quote 1799by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

                    The beginning is the most important part of the work.
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                      Quote 2236by Anonymous on 25/01/2011

                      Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
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                        Quote 2500by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

                        The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways - I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.
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                          Quote 2799by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                          Friends have all things in common.
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                            Quote 2879by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                            The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
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                              Quote 2973by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                              A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
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                                Quote 3102by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
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                                  Quote 3316by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                  Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
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                                    Quote 3341by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                    Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
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                                      Quote 3471by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                      Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
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                                        Quote 3490by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                        The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.
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                                          Quote 3542by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                          Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
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                                            Quote 3656by Anonymous on 08/02/2011

                                            The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
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                                              Quote 3697by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                              Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.
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                                                Quote 3972by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
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                                                  Quote 3994by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                  Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.
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                                                    Quote 4190by Anonymous on 16/02/2011

                                                    Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
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                                                      Quote 4592by Anonymous on 24/02/2011

                                                      He who is of 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.
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                                                        Quote 4624by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                        The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.
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                                                          Quote 4653by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                          False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
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                                                            Quote 4841by Anonymous on 01/03/2011

                                                            Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
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                                                              Quote 5044by Anonymous on 10/05/2011

                                                              When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
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                                                                Quote 5099by Anonymous on 16/05/2011

                                                                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.
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                                                                  Quote 5528by Anonymous on 12/07/2011

                                                                  Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light.
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                                                                    Quote 6307by Anonymous on 18/09/2011

                                                                    Only the dead have seen the end of war.
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                                                                      Quote 6814by Anonymous on 09/10/2011

                                                                      The people have always 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.
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                                                                        Quote 7028by Anonymous on 17/10/2011

                                                                        Man...is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.
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                                                                          Quote 7369by Anonymous on 07/11/2011

                                                                          I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
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                                                                            Quote 7607by Anonymous on 31/12/2011

                                                                            They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
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                                                                              Quote 7901by Anonymous on 02/03/2012

                                                                              Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
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                                                                                Quote 9068by Anonymous on 15/06/2012

                                                                                Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
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                                                                                  Quote 9264by Anonymous on 06/07/2012

                                                                                  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.
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                                                                                    Quote 9799by Anonymous on 24/08/2012

                                                                                    We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
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                                                                                      Quote 10427by Anonymous on 03/10/2012

                                                                                      Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
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                                                                                        Quote 10700by Anonymous on 19/10/2012

                                                                                        Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
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                                                                                          Quote 11438by Anonymous on 31/12/2012

                                                                                          There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
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                                                                                            Quote 11922by Anonymous on 31/01/2013

                                                                                            Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
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                                                                                              Quote 12199by Anonymous on 16/03/2013

                                                                                              Necessity, who is the mother of invention.
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                                                                                                Quote 12350by Anonymous on 30/03/2013

                                                                                                Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.
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                                                                                                  Quote 12534by Anonymous on 26/04/2013

                                                                                                  You cannot conceive the many without the one.
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                                                                                                    Quote 13262by Anonymous on 02/07/2013

                                                                                                    Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
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                                                                                                      Quote 13344by Anonymous on 09/07/2013

                                                                                                      Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
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                                                                                                        Quote 13410by Anonymous on 20/07/2013

                                                                                                        Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.
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                                                                                                          Quote 13656by Anonymous on 15/08/2013

                                                                                                          Life must be lived as play.
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                                                                                                            Quote 13693by Anonymous on 22/08/2013

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