Perhaps no poet is a conscious plagiarist, but there seems to be warrant for suspecting that there is no poet who is not at one time or another an unconscious one.
Wherein lies a poet's claim to originality? That he invents his incidents? No. That he was present when his episodes had their birth? No. That he was first to repeat them? No. None of these things has any value. He confers on them their only originality that has any value, and that is his way of tel
We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.
I have thought many times since that if poets when they get discouraged would blow their brains out, they could write very much better when they got well.
War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.
[Aristotle] was the most eminent of all the pupils of Plato.... He seceded from Plato while he was still alive; so that they tell a story that [Plato] said, " Aristotle has kicked us off, just as chickens do their mother after they have been hatched.
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.
Every unjust man is unjust against his will.
If we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself.
... for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.
The human race will have no respite from evils until those who are really philosophers acquire political power or until, through some divine dispensation, those who rule and have political authority in the cities become real philosophers.
For when there are no words, it is very difficult to recognize the meaning of the harmony and rhythm, or to see any worldly object is imitated by them.
Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
Let him know how to choose the mean and avoid the extremes on either side, as far as possible. . . . For this is the way of happiness.
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
He was a wise man who invented beer. P
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. P
As it is, lovers of inquiry must follow their beloved wherever it may lead.
Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from thei
Again, truth should be highly valued; if, as we were saying, a lie is useless to the gods, and useful only as a medicine to men, then the use of such medicines should be restricted to physicians; private individuals have no business with them.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. Plat
Money-makers are tiresome company, as they have no standard but cash value.
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.