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Plato Quotes

  • ''The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 389 B....
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  • ''That a guardian should require another guardian to take care of him is ridiculous indeed.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 403 E....
  • ''The beginning is the chiefest part of any work.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 377 A....
  • ''I proclaim that might is right, justice, the interest of the stronger.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 388 C....
  • ''They ought to be gentle to their friends and dangerous to their enemies.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 375 B....
  • ''Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 420 B....
  • ''A state ... arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 369 B....
  • ''The true runner comes to the finish and receives the prize and is crowned.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 613 C....
  • ''The excessive increase of anything often causes a reaction in the opposite direction.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 563 E....
  • ''Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 427 E....

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Best Poem of Plato

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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