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  Death is not the worst than can happen to men.  
 -  Plato
  

  The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.  
 -  Plato
  

  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
  

  The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.  
 -  Plato
  

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

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

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

  Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.  
 -  Plato
  

  When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.  
 -  Plato
  

  Only the dead have seen the end of war.  
 -  Plato
  

  Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.  
 -  Plato
  

  To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.  
 -  Plato
  

  Man... is a tame or civilized animal; nevertheless, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill-educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.  
 -  Plato
  

  Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.  
 -  Plato
  

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

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

  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
  

  Democracy passes into despotism.  
 -  Plato
  

  Boys should abstain from all use of wine until after their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire.  
 -  Plato
  

  This city is what it is because our citizens are what they are.  
 -  Plato
  

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

  The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.  
 -  Plato
  

  Well, my art of midwifery is in most respects like theirs; but differs, in that I attend men and not women, and I look after their souls when they are in labor, and not after their bodies: and the triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble and true birth.  
 -  Plato
  

  You should not honor men more than truth.  
 -  Plato
  

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

  You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.  
 -  Plato
  

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

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

  Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.  
 -  Plato
  

  Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom.  
 -  Plato
  

  He was a wise man who invented beer.  
 -  Plato
  

  Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.  
 -  Plato
  

  The soul takes nothing with her to the other world but her education and culture; and these, it is said, are of the greatest service or of the greatest injury to the dead man, at the very beginning of his journey thither.  
 -  Plato
  

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

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

  The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend 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
  

  You cannot conceive the many without the one.  
 -  Plato
  

  The life which is unexamined is not worth living.  
 -  Plato
  

  Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.  
 -  Plato
  

  Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.  
 -  Plato
  

  Wealth is the parent of of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.  
 -  Plato
  

  He who is of a 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
  

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

  Not one of them who took up in his youth with this opinion that there are no gods ever continued until old age faithful to his conviction.  
 -  Plato
  

  Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.  
 -  Plato
  

  Socrates is a doer of evil, who corrupts the youth; and who does not believe in the gods of the state, but has other new divinities of his own. Such is the charge.  
 -  Plato
  

  What is the prime of life? May it not be defined as a period of about twenty years in a woman's life, and thirty in a man's?  
 -  Plato
  

  Oligarchy: A government resting on a valuation of property, in which the rich have power and the poor man is deprived of it.  
 -  Plato
  

  Courage is knowing what not to fear.  
 -  Plato
  

  The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways - I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.  
 -  Plato
  

  Let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent.  
 -  Plato
  

  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.  
 -  Plato
  

  Life must be lived as play.  
 -  Plato
  

  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
  

  Democracy, which is a charming from of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.  
 -  Plato
  

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

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

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

  Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.  
 -  Plato
  

  He who is of a 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
  

  Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.  
 -  Plato
  

  Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.  
 -  Plato
  

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

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

  Let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent.  
 -  Plato
  

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

  Democracy, which is a charming from of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.  
 -  Plato
  

  When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.  
 -  Plato
  

  You should not honor men more than truth.  
 -  Plato
  

  Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.  
 -  Plato
  

  The life which is unexamined is not worth living.  
 -  Plato
  

  At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.  
 -  Plato
  

  Democracy passes into despotism.  
 -  Plato
  

  Wealth is the parent of of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.  
 -  Plato
  

  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
  

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

  Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.  
 -  Plato
  

  Boys should abstain from all use of wine until after their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire.  
 -  Plato
  

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

  He was a wise man who invented beer.  
 -  Plato
  

  The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend 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
  

  Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom.  
 -  Plato
  

  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
  

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

  Life must be lived as play.  
 -  Plato
  

  The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.  
 -  Plato
  

  Wealth is the parent of of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.  
 -  Plato
  

  Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.  
 -  Plato
  

  Pleasure is the bait of sin.  
 -  Plato
  

  I think 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  
 -  Plato
  

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

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

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

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

  Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted  
 -  Plato
  

  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.  
 -  Plato
  

  Time on its back bears all things far away - Full many a challenge is wrought by many a day - Shape, fortune, name, and nature all decay  
 -  Plato
  

  I have good hope that there is something after death.  
 -  Plato
  

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

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

  Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.  
 -  Plato
  

  Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.  
 -  Plato
  

  Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.  
 -  Plato
  

  Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.  
 -  Plato
  

  The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics.  
 -  Plato
  

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

  At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.  
 -  Plato
  

  Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.  
 -  Plato
  

  Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.  
 -  Plato
  

  The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is of all things most shameful and vile.  
 -  Plato