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PLATO (ORIGINALLY ARISTOCLES}
Greek philosopher
(c. 427 BC - 347 BC)
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A drunkard is unprofitable for any kind of good service.
      - [Drunkenness]

A State would be happy where philosophers were kings, or kings philosophers.
      - [States]

Abstinence is the surety of temperance.
      - [Abstinence]

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
      - [Equality]

All men, well interrogated, answer well.
      - [Conversation]

All things are in fate, yet all things are not decreed by fate.
      - [Fate]

As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.
      - [Talking]

As the government is, such will be the man.
      - [Government]

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
      - [Love]

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
      - [Health]

Being well satisfied that, for a man who thinks himself to be somebody, there is nothing more disgraceful than to hold himself up as honored, not on his own account, but for the sake of his forefathers. Yet hereditary honors are a noble and splendid treasure to descendants.
      - [Ancestry]

Books are the immortal sons deifying their sires.
      - [Books]

By the golden chain Homer meant nothing else than the sun.
      - in Kircher's "Magnes Sive de Arte Magnetica"
        [Influence]

Do not then train boys to learning by force and harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds.
      - [Education]

Do thine own work, and know thyself.
      - [Self-reliance]

Education is the constraining and directing of youth towards that right reason, which the law affirms, and which the experience of the best of our elders has agreed to be truly right.
      - [Education]

Even God is said to be unable to use force against necessity.
      - [Necessity]

Evils * * * can never pass away; for there must always remain something which is antagonistic to good. Having no place among the Gods in heaven, of necessity they hover around the earthly nature and this mortal sphere. Wherefore 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 and just and wise.
      - [Evil]

For 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.
      - [Learning]

For the fear of death is indeed the pretence of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being a pretended knowledge of the unknown; and no one knows whether death, which men in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Is there not here conceit of knowledge, which is a disgraceful sort of ignorance?
      - [Death]

For the man who makes everything that leads to happiness, or near to it, to depend upon himself, and not upon other men, on whose good or evil actions his own doings are compelled to hinge,--such a one, I say, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation; this is the man of manly character and of wisdom.
      - [Self-reliance]

Freedom in a democracy is the glory of the state, and, therefore, in a democracy only will the freeman of nature deign to dwell.
      - [Freedom]

God is a geometrician.
      - attributed to, not found in his works
        [God]

God is truth and light his shadow.
      - [God]

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
      - [Law]


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