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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.~Plato


Life Music Imagination

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.~Plato


Communication Wise Men

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.~Plato


Education Music Soul

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


Knowledge Desire Emotion

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.~Plato


Inspirational Thinking

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


Relationship You Play

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.~Plato


Politics End You

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.~Plato


Democracy Slavery Tyranny

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


Life Death Good

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


Life Education End

There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.~Plato


Wisdom Men Honor

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.~Plato


Life Education Future

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.~Plato


Knowledge Good Decision

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.~Plato


Growth People Die

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.~Plato


Education Graduation Good

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.~Plato


Life Justice Legal

The beginning is the most important part of the work.~Plato


Work Beginning Important

Courage is knowing what not to fear.~Plato


Fear Courage Knowing

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.~Plato


Heart Wish Song

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.~Plato


Faith Fight Twice

This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.~Plato


City Because Citizens

Necessity... the mother of invention.~Plato


Mother Invention Necessity

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.~Plato


Great Men Anxiety

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


Good People Good People

Love is a serious mental disease.~Plato


Love Love Is Mental

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


Man Conquer First

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. ~Plato


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


desire emotion knowledge

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. ~Plato


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We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~Plato


forgive dark light

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


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To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. ~Plato


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Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. ~Plato


music education virtue

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. ~Plato


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We are twice armed if we fight with faith. ~Plato


fight faith

A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men. ~Plato


hero wise man accomplished

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. ~Plato


opinion knowledge ignorance

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. ~Plato


human nature good choice

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. ~Plato


education future life

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. ~Plato


astronomy soul

Courage is knowing what not to fear. ~Plato


courage fear

Necessity is the mother of invention. ~Plato


necessity invention

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. ~Plato


heart song

The greatest wealth is to live content with little. ~Plato


wealth content inspirational

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. ~Plato


people nourishment

Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. ~Plato


effort prosperity

Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class. ~Plato


happiness nation

Theres a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. ~Plato


victory defeat

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


power man

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. ~Plato


excess reaction

The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. ~Plato


injustice

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. ~Plato


dictatorship democracy tyranny

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery. ~Plato


excess liberty slavery

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. ~Plato


justice life state

Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. ~Plato


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I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. ~Plato


accident invention

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


virtue content

It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other. ~Plato


astronomy soul

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. ~Plato


politics penalty inferior

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. ~Plato


anger angry

Love is a serious mental disease. ~Plato


love mental disease

There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. ~Plato


wisdom honor gain

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. ~Plato


happiness himself

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


education lame

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. ~Plato


excess reaction

Courage is a kind of salvation. ~Plato


courage salvation

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. ~Plato


victory conquer yourself

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. ~Plato


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Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. ~Plato


anxiety

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal. ~Plato


ignorance evil cleverness

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


imperfection

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


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He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. ~Plato


injustice

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. ~Plato


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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. ~Plato


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Life must be lived as play. ~Plato


life play

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. ~Plato


calm happy

And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. ~Plato


knowledge food soul

Philosophy begins in wonder. ~Plato


philosophy wonder

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


evil good man life

There is no harm in repeating a good thing. ~Plato


repeating

Man - a being in search of meaning. ~Plato


man meaning

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. ~Plato


love poet

The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, its almost impossible to stamp out. ~Plato


god love hunger

When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them. ~Plato


speak ill

Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom. ~Plato


cunning motivational wisdom

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. ~Plato


wise governemnt

There is no such thing as a lovers oath. ~Plato


lovers oath

Death is not the worst that can happen to men. ~Plato


death worst

Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child. ~Plato


drunkard child old man

No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education. ~Plato


education children nature

Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. ~Plato


democracy government disorder

One man cannot practice many arts with success. ~Plato


success practice

To be sure I must; and therefore I may assume that your silence gives consent. ~Plato


silence consent

Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences. ~Plato


wisdom science

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


knowledge

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern. ~Plato


teach govern

As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. ~Plato


builder stones

states are as the men, they grow out of human characters. ~Plato


states human character

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. ~Plato


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