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Plato: Sayings and Quotes

If a man be endowed with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility.

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A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.

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Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

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Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind.

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No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.

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

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False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

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Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

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To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.

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You should not honor men more than truth.

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The one who learns and learns and doesn't practice is like the one who plows and plows and never plants.

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When you feel grateful, you become great, and eventually attract great things.

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Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood let alone believed by the masses.

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Only the dead have seen the end of war.

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If one has made a mistake, and fails to correct it, one has made a greater mistake.

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The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.

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The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

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The measure of a man is what he does with power.

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Wisest is he who knows what he does not know.

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To begin is the most important part of any quest and by far the most courageous.

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It is better to be wise, and not to seem so, than to seem wise, and not be so; yet men, for the most part, desire the contrary.

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Watch a man at play for an hour and you can learn more about him than in talking to him for a year.

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Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any.

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Better to be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is the root of all misfortune.

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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

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Life should be lived as play.

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A man's duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life.

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We will be better men, braver and less idle, if we believe that one must search for the things one does not know, rather than if we believe that it is not possible to find out what we do not know and that we must not look for it.

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Better a good enemy than a bad friend.

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True friendship can exist only between equals.

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Just as bees make honey from thyme, the strongest and driest of herbs, so do the wise profit from the most difficult of experiences.

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Courage is a kind of salvation.

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A nation will prosper to the degree that it honors it's teachers.

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The noblest of all studies is the study of what man is and of what life he should live.

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A house that has a library in it has a soul.

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A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.

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A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.

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He who wishes to serve his country must have not only the power to think, but the will to act.

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One cannot make a slave of a free person, for a free person is free even in a prison.

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The wise man will want to be ever with him who is better than himself.

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If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.

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Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

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Mankind will never see an end of trouble until lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power become lovers of wisdom.

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To do injustice is the greatest of all evils.

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The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge.

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The good is the beautiful.

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Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.

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To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.

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I prefer nothing, unless it is true.

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No one can escape his destiny.

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The wisest have the most authority.

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The soul of him who has education is whole and perfect and escapes the worst disease, but, if a man's education be neglected, he walks lamely through life and returns good for nothing to the world below.

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The power to learn is present in everyone's soul, and the instrument with which each learns is like an eye that cannot be turned around from darkness to light without turning the whole body.

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The purpose of education is to give to the body and to the soul all the beauty and all the perfection of which they are capable.

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The whole life of the philosopher is a preparation for death.

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Follow your dream as long as you live, do not lessen the time of following desire, for wasting time is an abomination of the spirit.

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The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.

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To escape from evil we must be made as far as possible like God; and the resemblance consists in becoming just and holy and wise.

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No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death.

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Wisdom always makes men fortunate: for by wisdom no man could ever err, and therefore he must act rightly and succeed, or his wisdom would be wisdom no longer.

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What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.

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For neither does wealth bring honour to the owner, if he be a coward; of such a one the wealth belongs to another, and not to himself. Nor does beauty and strength of body, when dwelling in a base and cowardly man, appear comely, but the reverse of comely, making the possessor more conspicuous, and manifesting forth his cowardice.

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When a beautiful soul harmonizes with a beautiful form, and the two are cast in one mould, that will be the fairest of sights to him who has the eye to contemplate the vision.

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But he who has been earnest in the love of knowledge and of true wisdom, and has exercised his intellect more than any other part of him, must have thoughts immortal and divine. If he attain truth, and in so far as human nature is capable of sharing in immortality, he must altogether be immortal.

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No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.

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You ought not to heal the body without the soul, for this is the great error of our day in treating the human body.

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All who do evil and dishonorable things do them against their will.

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Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity.

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Knowledge of the soul is the only universal truth and the only wisdom – all other knowledge is transient.

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To win over your bad self is the grandest and foremost of victories.

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To a good man nothing that happens is evil.

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Virtue is voluntary, vice involuntary.

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Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.

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Knowledge is the rediscovering of our own insight.

Read more about interesting historical figures in the collection "Tradition of Warriors and Sages" by A. R. Basov

 

 

 




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