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Plato Quotes

Greek Philosopher

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.

Category: Revolutions And Revolutionaries

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

Category: Rhetoric

For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches.

Category: Riches

No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.

Category: School

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

Category: Science And Scientists

If the study of all these sciences which we have enumerated, should ever bring us to their mutual association and relationship, and teach us the nature of the ties which bind them together, I believe that the diligent treatment of them will forward the objects which we have in view, and that the labor, which otherwise would be fruitless, will be well bestowed.

Category: Science And Scientists

Science is nothing but perception.

Category: Science And Scientists

In particular I may mention Sophocles the poet, who was once asked in my presence, "How do you feel about love, Sophocles? are you still capable of it?" to which he replied, "Hush! if you please: to my great delight I have escaped from it, and feel as if I had escaped from a frantic and savage master." I thought then, as I do now, that he spoke wisely. For unquestionably old age brings us profound repose and freedom from this and other passions.

Category: Sex

Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.

Category: Slander

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.

Category: Story And Story-Telling

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 practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.

Category: Students

Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them.

Category: Studying

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.

Category: Teachers And Teaching

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

Category: Teachers And Teaching

Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

Category: Thoughts And Thinking