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  • 51.
    We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Meno, 81 E....
  • 52.
    They (the poets) are to us in a manner the fathers and authors of the wisdom.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Lysis, 214 A....
  • 53.
    Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Meno, 72 A....
  • 54.
    A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Laches, 184 E....
  • 55.
    That is very high praise, which is given you by faithful witness.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Laches, 181 B....
  • 56.
    To do injustice is the greatest of all evils.
    Plato (427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias 469c, trans. by Helmbold. This is a version of one of the famous "Socratic paradoxes," that it is better to suffer evil than to do it.
  • 57.
    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).
  • 58.
    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....

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  • 59.
    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....

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  • 60.
    The soul is like a pair of winged horses and a charioteer joined in natural union.
    Plato (427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedrus 246b, trans. by Jowett (slightly revised). This image has been continuously influential in Western thought. Freud may have derived his derived from it his theory of id, ego, and superego.
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