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Plato

Plato (427 BC 347 BC) was an immensely influential classical Greek philosopher, student of Socrates, teacher of Aristotle, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens.
Found 218 thoughts of Plato

He was a wise man who invented beer.

Plato

A dog has the soul of a philosopher.

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And now I depart hence condemned by you to suffer the penalty of death, and they, too, go their ways condemned by the truth to suffer the penalty of villainy and wrong; and I must abide by my award - let them abide by theirs.

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For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

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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. . .Then how can he who has the magnificence of mind and is the spectator of all times and all existence, think much of human life? He cannot. Or can such a one account death fearful? No indeed

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Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.

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You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

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Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.

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There are three arts which are concerned with all things: one which uses, another which makes, and a third which imitates them.

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...Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded...

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Only the dead have seen the end of war.

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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

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Never discourage anyone... who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

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If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.

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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.

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Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

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The beginning is the most important part of the work.

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He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

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Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.

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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

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The greatest penalty of evildoing - namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.

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I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

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But, my dearest Agathon, it is truth which you cannot contradict; you can without any difficulty contradict Socrates.

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The people have always 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.

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The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.

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