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The beginning is the most important part of the work.
If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
Necessity… the mother of invention.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.
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.
Love is a serious mental disease.
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.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
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.
The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it’s almost impossible to stamp out.
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
Courage is a kind of salvation.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
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.
No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
Life must be lived as play.
To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Knowledge is true opinion.
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.
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.