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 :: 427-347 BC, Greek Philosopher

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In particular I may mention Sophocles the poet, who was once asked in my presence, ''How do you feel about love, Sophocles? are you still capable of it?'' to which he replied, ''Hush! if you please: to my great delight I have escaped from it, and feel as if I had escaped from a frantic and savage master.'' I thought then, as I do now, that he spoke wisely. For unquestionably old age brings us profound repose and freedom from this and other passions.
~ Plato - [Sex]

 

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Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
~ Plato - [Slander]

 

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We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
~ Plato - [Story and Story-Telling]

 

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The democratic youth lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.
~ Plato - [Students]

 

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Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them.
~ Plato - [Studying]

 

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Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
~ Plato - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
~ Plato - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
~ Plato - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
~ Plato - [Truth]

 

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Truth is its own reward.
~ Plato - [Truth]

 

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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.
~ Plato - [Tyranny]

 

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Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
~ Plato - [Victory]

 

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The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
~ Plato - [Virtue]

 

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Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it; but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.
~ Plato - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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The beginning is the most important part of the work.
~ Plato - [Planning]

 

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Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
~ Plato - [Pleasure]

 

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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
~ Plato - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
~ Plato - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
~ Plato - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
~ Plato - [Professions and Professionals]

 

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