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Quotations From PLATO

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  • 31.
    They will take a state and human nature for their tablet, and begin by making a clean surface.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 501 A....

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  • 32.
    No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man.... No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 7, sct. 536.

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  • 33.
    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 (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 2, sct. 378.

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  • 34.
    To think truly is noble and to be deceived is base.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Theatetus, 194 C....
  • 35.
    No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Crito, 45 D....

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  • 36.
    You cannot go into the same water twice.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cratylus, 402 A....

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  • 37.
    Philosophy begins in wonder.
    Plato (427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Text: Theaetetus 155d, trans. by Jowett.
  • 38.
    There is an ancient saying that, "Hard is the knowledge of the good."
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cratylus, 384 A....
  • 39.
    Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Theatetus, 187 E....
  • 40.
    I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cratylus, 435 B....

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