Is it not the excess and greed of this and the neglect of all other things that revolutionizes this constitution too and prepares the way for the necessity of a dictatorship?
God is a geometrician.
Few men are so obstinate in their atheism, that a pressing danger will not compel them to acknowledgment of a divine power.....
No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
Of all the Gods, Love is the best friend of humankind, the helper and healer of all ills that stand in the way of human happiness.
To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.
As the proverb says, "a good beginning is half the business" and "to have begun well" is praised by all.
Those wretches who never have experienced the sweets of wisdom and virtue, but spend all their time in revels and debauches, sink downward day after day, and make their whole life one continued series of errors.
True friendship can exist only between equals.
A good decision is based on knowledge, and not on numbers.
Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. P
And is it not true that in like manner a leader of the people who, getting control of a docile mob, does not withhold his hand from the shedding of tribal blood, but by the customary unjust accusations brings a citizen into court and assassinates him, blotting out a human life, and with unhallowed t
Because, unlike courage and wisdom, which made our state brave and wise by being present in a particular part of it, discipline operates by being diffused throughout the whole of it. It produces a concord between its strongest and weakest and middle elements, whether you define them by the standard
Music is to the mind as air is to the body...
Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
...in every man there is an eye of the soul, which...is more precious far than ten thousand bodily eyes, for by it alone is truth seen.
I can show you that the art of calculation has to do with odd and even numbers in their numerical relations to themselves and to each other.
When man is not properly trained, he is the most savage animal on the face of the globe.
So where it is a general rule that it is wrong to gratify lovers, this can be attributed to the defects of those who make that rule: the government's lust for rule and the subjects' cowardice.
Man - a being in search of meaning.
The beginning is the most important part...for that is the time character is being formed.
Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
From all wild beasts, a child is the most difficult to handle.
Art has no end but its own perfection.
The power of the Good has taken refuge in the nature of the Beautiful
The greatest penalty of evil-doing is to grow into the likeness of bad men, and, growing like them, to fly from the conversation of the good, and be cut off from them, and cleave to and follow after the company of the bad.
And isn't it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are.
They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
The true lover of learning then must his earliest youth, as far as in him lies, desire all truth.... He whose desires are drawn toward knowledge in every form will be absorbed in the pleasures of the soul, and will hardly feel bodily pleasures I mean, if he be a true philosopher and not a sham one .