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  • 61.
    Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Definitions, 415 A....

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  • 62.
    Putting the shoe on the wrong foot.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Theatetus, 193 C....
  • 63.
    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.
  • 64.
    Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 489 A....

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  • 65.
    What essence is to generation, that truth is to belief.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Timacus, 29 C....

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  • 66.
    No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Lysis, 212 D....

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  • 67.
    Many are the thyrsus-bearers, but few are the mystics.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo, 69 C....
  • 68.
    These, then, will be some of the features of democracy ... it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, particolored commonwealth, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 8, sct. 558.
  • 69.
    Until philosophers hold power, neither states nor individuals will have rest from trouble.
    Plato (427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic 501e, trans. by Cornford.

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  • 70.
    Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
    Plato (427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic 4.433a, trans. by Cornford. It is not agreed among scholars whether this is the view of Socrates, of Plato, or just of the character in the dialogue.

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