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There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
It is a common saying, and in everybody’s mouth, that life is but a sojourn.
They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
There’s a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
Man – a being in search of meaning.
Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
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.
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.
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.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.
Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings 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 the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.