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Plato


Quotations

  • ''Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 498 E....
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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 practising gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Republic, bk. 8, sct. 561 c-d, trans. by Benjamin Jowett.
  • ''To begin with the wine jar in learning the potter's art.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 514 C....
  • ''I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Republic, bk. 7, sct. 531e, trans. by Benjamin Jowett (1894).
  • ''To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 522 E....
  • ''To the rulers of the state then, if to any, it belongs of right to use falsehood, to deceive either enemies or their own citizens, for the good of the state: and no one else may meddle with this privilege.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Republic, bk. 3, sect. 389.
  • ''Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 730 B....
  • ''In one sense it is evident that the art of kingship does include the art of lawmaking. But the political ideal is not full authority for laws but rather full authority for a man who understands the art of kingship and has kingly ability.''
    Plato (428-348 B.C.), Athenian philosopher. The Statesman, l.294b, The Collected Dialogues of Plato, p. 1063, eds. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, Random House, Inc. (1961).
  • ''Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 846 D....
  • ''What I say is that "just" or "right" means nothing but what is in the interest of the stronger party.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Thrasymachus, in The Republic, bk. 1, sct. 338 (trans. by F.M. Cornford).

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Love Asleep

We reached the grove's deep shadow and there found
Cythera's son in sleep's sweet fetters bound;
Looking like ruddy apples on their tree;
No quiver and no bended bow had he;
These were suspended on a leafy spray.
Himself in cups of roses cradled lay,
Smiling in sleep; while from their flight in air,
The brown bees to his soft lips made repair,
To ply their waxen task and leave their honey there.

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