There are two levers for moving men - interest and fear.
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.
The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.
No amount of money will induce someone to lay down their life, but they will gladly do so for a bit of yellow ribbon.
Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. Plat
We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the laws of the State always change with them,
No human thing is of serious importance.
One trait in the philosopher's character we can assume is his love of the knowledge that reveals eternal reality, the realm unaffected by change and decay.
God is not the author of all things, but of good only.
The power of the Good has taken refuge in the nature of the Beautiful
The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
So the state founded on natural principles is wise as a whole in virtue of the knowledge inherent in its smallest constituent class, which exercises authority over the rest. And the smallest class is the one which naturally possesses that form of knowledge which alone of all others deserves the titl
Better a good enemy than a bad friend.
Between knowledge of what really exists and ignorance of what does not exist lies the domain of opinion. It is more obscure than knowledge, but clearer than ignorance.
I really do not know, Socrates, how to express what I mean. For somehow or other our arguments, on whatever ground we rest them, seem to turn round and walk away from us.
Adultery is the injury of nature.
Either death is a state of nothingness and utter consciousness, or, as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is to gain; for eternity is then only a single night.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.
To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is ridiculous.
Wealth and poverty; one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
God forever geometrizes.