Health is a consumation of a love affair of all the organs of the body.
Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
Through obedience learn to command.
The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.
The only real ill-doing is the deprivation of knowledge.
Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.
For, let me tell you that the more the pleasures of the body fade away, the greater to me are the pleasure and charm of conversation.
Seven years of silent inquiry are needful for a man to learn the truth, but fourteen in order to learn how to make it known to his fellow-men.
Writing is the geometry of the soul.
Mankind will never see an end of trouble until lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power become lovers of wisdom.
Love: a grave mental disease.
When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
So I spoke the truth when I said that neither I nor you nor any other man would rather do injustice than suffer it: for it is worse.
They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
No man should be angry with what is true.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
When a beautiful soul harmonizes with a beautiful form, and the two are cast in one mould, that will be the fairest of sights to him who has the eye to contemplate the vision.
I can show you that the art of calculation has to do with odd and even numbers in their numerical relations to themselves and to each other.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
Knowledge is the food of the soul.
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
Love is a grave mental disease.
We understand why children are afraid of darkness ... but why are men afraid of light?
Pepper is small in quantity and great in virtue.
The love of man to woman is a thing common and of course, and at first partakes more of instinct and passion than of choice; but true friendship between man and man is infinite and immortal.
For I am certain, O men of Athens, that if I had engaged in politics, I should have perished long ago and done no good either to you or to myself.
He who advises a sick man, whose manner of life is prejudicial to health, is clearly bound first of all to change his patient's manner of life.
Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
True friendship can exist only between equals.
The Muse herself makes some men inspired, from whom a chain of other men is strung out who catch their own inspiration from theirs.
Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones.
You can't do good if you don't feel good.
I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.
You were the Morning Star among the living.
In death, O Evening Star, you light the dead.
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
And isn't it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are.
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
No matter at all, I replied; for the point is not who said the words, but whether they are true or not.
Those who practice philosophy in the right way are in training for dying and they fear death least of all men.
A drunkard is unprofitable for any kind of good service.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.
Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness, provided the madness is given us by divine gift.
The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.
Upon consideration of the central question of the moon's toughness there can be little doubt. It is hella tough.
Better to be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is the root of all misfortune.
No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.
No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
The god, O men, seems to me to be really wise; and by his oracle to mean this, that the wisdom of this world is foolishness and of none effect.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
Either we shall find what it is we are seeking or at least we shall free ourselves from the persuasion that we know what we do not know.
He who can properly define and divide is to be considered a god.
Conversion is not implanting eyes, for they exist already; but giving them a right direction, which they have not.
Let men of all ranks whether they are successful, or unsuccessful, whether they triumph or not; let them do their duty, and rest satisfied.
The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not content with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the essential nature of things.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
There is far greater peril in buying knowledge than in buying meat and drink.
There should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor again excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil.
He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.
There is a ... matter -- much more valuable and divine than natural philosophy . ... On this matter I must speak to you in enigmas.
Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
Until philosophers hold power, neither states nor individuals will have rest from trouble.
The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.
A State would be happy where philosophers were kings, or kings philosophers.
All learning is in the learner, not the teacher.
From a short-sided view, the whole moving contents of the heavens seemed to them a parcel of stones, earth and other soul-less bodies, though they furnish the sources of the world order.
No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
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.
And the true order of going, or being led by another, to the things of love, is to begin from the beauties of earth.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil..
Human behavior flows from three main sources desire, emotion, and knowledge.
Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
The Paphian Queen to Cnidos made repair Across the tide to see her image there: Then looking up and round the prospect wide, When did Praxiteles see me thus? she cried.
Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
Do you mean that the tyrant will dare to use violence against the people who fathered him, and raise his hand against them if they oppose him? So the tyrant is a parricide, and little comfort to his old parent.
A good education consists in knowing how to sing and dance well.
Renouncing the honors at which the world aims, I desire only to know the truth... and to the maximum of power, I exhort all other men to do the same.
The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge.
I am inclined to think that these muscles and bones of mine would have gone off long ago to Megara or Boeotia--by the dog they would, if they had been moved only by their own idea of what was best.
The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
All who do evil and dishonorable things do them against their will.
That the makers of laws are the majority who are weak; and they make laws and distribute praises and censures with a view to themselves and to their own interests.
And what do you say of lovers of wine... they are glad of any pretext of drinking any wine.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
I do not think it is permitted that a better man be harmed by a worse.
He who refuses to rule is liable to be ruled by one who is worse than himself.
Knowledge is true opinion.
What of his beard? Are you not of Homer's opinion, who says Youth is most charming when the beard first appears?
It is as expedient that a wicked man be punished as that a sick man be cured by a physician; for all chastisement is a kind of medicine.
A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.
When man is not properly trained, he is the most savage animal on the face of the globe.
Music gives a soul to the universe.
On the virtuous man "He combines the highest, lowest and middle chords in complete harmony within himself.
The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics.
As such, it describes a relationship that falls short -- for whatever reason, of the fuller communion of romantic sexual love.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them then he is always stirring up some wary or other in order that the people may require a leader.
What if the man could see Beauty Itself, pure, unalloyed, stripped of mortality, and all its pollution, stains, and vanities, unchanging, divine,... the man becoming in that communion, the friend of God,... ?
Love' is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete.
As wolves love lambs so lovers love their loves.
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.
Remember our words, then, and whatever is your aim let virtue be the condition of the attainment of your aim, and know that without this all possessions and pursuits are dishonourable and evil.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
Geometry will draw the soul toward truth and create the spirit of philosophy.
No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself.
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
It gives me great pleasure to converse with the aged. They have been over the road that all of us must travel, and know where it is rough and difficult and where it is level and easy.
Truthfulness. He will never willingly tolerate an untruth, but will hate it as much as he loves truth... And is there anything more closely connected with wisdom than truth?
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.
Those whose hearts are fixed on Reality itself deserve the title of Philosophers.
I have this tattooed on my left side! I love the saying and it's a perfect description of Karma, don't judge discriminate and don't do to someone what you wouldn't want done to you.
The first and best victory is to conquer self.
The deity on purpose sings the liveliest of all lyrics through the most miserable poet.
To him who disgraces his family life is no life, and to such a person there is no one a friend, neither while living nor when dead.
What is at issue is the conversion of the mind from the twilight of error to the truth, that climb up into the real world which we shall call true philosophy.
We do not learn, and that what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.
We should not exercise the body without the joint assistance of the mind; nor exercise the mind without the joint assistance of the body.
The greatest penalty of evil-doing is to grow into the likeness of a bad man.
Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.
So the nature required to make a really noble Guardian of our commonwealth will be swift and strong, spirited, and philosophic.
Happiness springs from doing good and helping others.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
Those who reproach injustice do so because they are afraid not of doing it but of suffering it.
A tyrant... is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Can any man be courageous who has the fear of death in him?
Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
Great is the issue at stake, greater than appears, whether a man is to be good or bad. And what will any one be profited if, under the influence of money or power, he neglect justice and virtue?
People too smart to get involved in politics are doomed to live in societies run by people who aren't.
Herein is the evil of ignorance , that he who is neither good nor wise is nevertheless satisfied with himself : he has no desire for that of which he feels no want .
No reproach for a person willing to give honorable service in the passion to become wise.
Physical excellence does not of itself produce a good mind and character: on the other hand, excellence of mind and character will make the best of the physique it is given.
The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.
We obtain better knowledge of a person during one hour's play and games than by conversing with him for a whole year.
Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood let alone believed by the masses.
No intelligent man will ever be so bold as to put into language those things which his reason has contemplated.
The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.
Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.
Those who tell the stories rule society.
The wolf cares not, how many the sheep be.
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
For neither birth, nor wealth, nor honors, can awaken in the minds of men the principles which should guide those who from their youth aspire to an honorable and excellent life, as Love awakens them.
A democracy is a state in which the poor, gaining the upper hand, kill some and banish others, and then divide the offices among the remaining citizens equally, usually by lot.
The God of Love lives in a state of need.
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
Philosophy begins in wonder.
The cause of all sins in every case lies in the person's excessive love of self.
If we are to have any hope for the future, those who have lanterns must pass them on to others.
He that lendeth to another in time of prosperity, shall never want help himself in the time of adversity.
People regard the same things, some as just and others as unjust, -- about these they dispute; and so there arise wars and fightings among them.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
It is our duty to select the best and most dependable theory that human intelligence can supply, and use it as a raft to ride the seas of life.
Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom.
He who wishes to serve his country must have not only the power to think, but the will to act.
Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
It is correct to make a priority of young people, taking care that they turn out as well as possible.
The Dance, of all the arts, is the one that most influences the soul. Dancing is divine in its nature and is the gift of God.
When you swear, swear seriously and solemnly, but at the same time with a smile, for a smile is the twin sister of seriousness.
The true physician is also a ruler having the human body as a subject, and is not a mere money-maker.
Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.
The good is the beautiful.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child's natural bent.
Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.
The true champion of justice, if he intends to survive even for a short time, must necessarily confine himself to private life and leave politics alone.
And if we are good, we are beneficent: for all good things are beneficial. Are they not?
Man -- a being in search of meaning.
The wisest have the most authority.
That politician who curries favor with the citizens and indulges them and fawns upon them and has a presentiment of their wishes, and is skillful in gratifying them, he is esteemed a great statesman.
Poets do not compose their poems with knowledge, but by some inborn talent and by inspiration, like seers and prophets who also say many fine things without any understanding of what they say.
But at three, four, five, and even six years the childish nature will require sports; now is the time to get rid of self-will in him, punishing him, but not so as to disgrace him.
Hence it is from the representation of things spoken by means of posture and gesture that the whole of the art of dance has been elaborated.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
The tyranny imposed on the soul by anger, or fear, or lust, or pain, or envy, or desire, I generally call 'injustice.'
He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
Worthy of honor is he who does no injustice, and more than twofold honor, if he not only does no injustice himself, but hinders others from doing any.
Interference by the three classes with each other s jobs, and interchange of jobs between them, therefore, does the greatest harm to our state, and we are entirely justified in calling it the worst of evils.
Necessity, who is the mother of our invention.
Those wretches who never have experienced the sweets of wisdom and virtue, but spend all their time in revels and debauches, sink downward day after day, and make their whole life one continued series of errors.
We ought to live sacrificing, and singing, and dancing.
From all wild beasts, a child is the most difficult to handle.
Every serious man in dealing with really serious subjects carefully avoids writing. ... There does not exist, nor will there ever exist, any writing of mine dealing with this subject.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
What is better adapted than the festive use of wine in the first place to test and in the second place to train the character of a man, if care be taken in the use of it? What is there cheaper or more innocent?
Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him more, than to have allowed more time for trifling, and useless things, than they deserve.
Love is a madness produced by an unsatisfiable rational desire to understand the ultimate truth about the world.
To be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible.
Music is a defining element of character.
Love is a severe mental disorder.
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
By the golden chain Homer meant nothing else than the sun.
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
Better to complete a small task well, than to do much imperfectly.
Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
No human thing is of serious importance.
Socrates: I'm afraid that it might actually be sacrilegious to stand idly by while morality is being denigrated and not try to assist as long as one has breath in one's body and a voice to protest with.
Human beings have Love for one another inborn in them -- Love, reassembler of our ancient nature, who tries to make one out of two and to heal human nature.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.
He who is only an athlete is too crude, too vulgar, too much a savage. He who is a scholar only is too soft, to effeminate. The ideal citizen is the scholar athlete, the man of thought and the man of action.
Let no one destitute of geometry enter my doors.
The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. ... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Love is the pursuit of the whole.
And we have made of ourselves living cesspools, and driven doctors to invent names for our diseases.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.
Do thine own work, and know thyself.
The proud man is forsaken of God.
Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.
The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice.
The love of the gods belongs to anyone who has given to true virtue and nourished it, and if any human being could become immortal, it would be he.
Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.
Justice is useful when money is useless.
A poet, you see, is a light thing, and winged and holy, and cannot compose before he gets inspiration and loses control of his senses and his reason has deserted him.
Of all the Gods, Love is the best friend of humankind, the helper and healer of all ills that stand in the way of human happiness.
If it is naturally in you to be a good orator, a notable orator you will be when you have acquired knowledge and practice.
The three wishes of every man: to be healthy, to be rich by honest means, and to be beautiful.
Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.
The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.
To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.
The good man is the only excellent musician, because he gives forth a perfect harmony not with a lyre or other instrument but with the whole of his life.
Of all the animals, the boy is most unmanageable.
To escape from evil we must be made as far as possible like God; and the resemblance consists in becoming just and holy and wise.
Virtue is a kind of health, beauty and good habit of the soul.
The learning and knowledge that we have is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
I Laïs who laughed scornfully at Hellas,
who kept a swarm of young lovers at my door,
I lay my mirror before the Paphian,
for I will not see myself as I am now,
and cannot see myself as once I was.
I know too well that these arguments from probabilities are imposters, and unless great caution is observed in the use of them, they are apt to be deceptive.
He is unworthy of the name of man who is ignorant of the fact that the diagonal of a square is incommensurable with its side.
The tools which would teach men their own use would be beyond price.
The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
The poets are nothing but interpreters of the gods, each one possessed by the divinity to whom he is in bondage.
Then we got into a labyrinth, and, when we thought we were at the end,
came out again at the beginning, having still to see as much as ever.
You should not honor men more than truth.
The physician, to the extent he is a physician, considers only the good of the patient in what he prescribes, and his own not at all.
Between knowledge of what really exists and ignorance of what does not exist lies the domain of opinion. It is more obscure than knowledge, but clearer than ignorance.
Watch a man at play for an hour and you can learn more about him than in talking to him for a year.
He who is learning and learning and doesn't apply what he knows is like the one who is plowing and plowing and doesn't seed.
So their combinations with themselves and with each other give rise to endless complexities, which anyone who is to give a likely account of reality must survey.
According to Diotima, Love is not a god at all, but is rather a spirit that mediates between people and the objects of their desire. Love is neither wise nor beautiful, but is rather the desire for wisdom and beauty.
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Knowledge of the soul is the only universal truth and the only wisdom -- all other knowledge is transient.
Education and admonition commence in the first years of childhood, and last to the very end of life.
Even the good artisans fell into the same error as the poets; because they were good workmen they thought that they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom.
And a democracy, I suppose, comes into being when the poor, winning the victory, put to death some of the other party, drive out others, and grant the rest of the citizens an equal share in both citizenship and offices.
To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.
The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.
This and no other is the root from
which a tyrant springs; when he
first appears he is a protector.
The orators and the despots have the least power in their cities ... since they do nothing that they wish to do, practically speaking, though they do whatever they think to be best.
They assembled together and dedicated these as the first-fruits of their love to Apollo in his Delphic temple, inscribing there those maxims which are on every tongue- 'know thyselP and 'Nothing overmuch.'
The wise man will want to be ever with him who is better than himself.
I prefer nothing, unless it is true.
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
Neither human wisdom nor divine inspiration can confer upon man any greater blessing than this live a life of happiness and harmony here on earth.
The most important stage of any enterprise is the beginning.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.
I must yield to you, for you are irresistible.
God is not the author of all things, but of good only.
Do not expect justice where might is right.
In order to seek one's own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.
Modesty is becoming in youth.
The matter is as it is in all other cases: if it is naturally in you to be a good orator, a notable orator you will be when you have acquired knowledge and practice .
A man's duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life.
We are bound to our bodies like an oyster to its shell.
Complacent ignorance is the most lethal sickness of the soul.
The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it's almost impossible to stamp out.
To begin is the most important part of any quest and by far the most courageous.
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.
Those having torches will pass them on to others.
No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death.
The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.
The truth is that we isolate a particular kind of love and appropriate it for the name of love, which really belongs to a wider whole.
Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
All learning has an emotional base.
Fly from the company of the wicked -- fly and turn not back.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
I am a sailor's tomb. Beside me lies a farmer.
Hell is the same, under the land and sea.
A house that has a library in it has a soul.
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity.
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity -- I mean the true simplicity of a rightly and nobly ordered mind and character, not that other simplicity which is only a euphemism for folly.
The philosopher is in love with truth, that is, not with the changing world of sensation, which is the object of opinion, but with the unchanging reality which is the object of knowledge.
Aphrodite cried at Knidos when she saw Aphrodite:
O Zeus! Where did Praxiteles see me naked?
Do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement.
When the citizens of a society can see and hear their leaders, then that society should be seen as one.
I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.
Integrity is your destiny-it is the light that guides your way.
Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and
on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from
the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long …arousing and persuading and reproaching…You will not easily find another like me.
To be sure I must; and therefore I may assume that your silence gives consent.
The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable.
Fields and trees are not willing to teach me anything; but this can be effected by men residing in the city.
As I kissed Agathon my soul swelled to my lips,
where it hangs, pitiful, hoping to leap across.
Behold! human beings living in a underground den ... Like ourselves ... they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave.
If a man can be properly said to love something, it must be clear that he feels affection for it as a whole, and does not love part of it to the exclusion of the rest.
There's a victory and defeat-the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats-which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.
As long as I draw breath and am able, I won't give up practicing philosophy.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Serious things cannot be understood without laughable things, nor opposites at all without opposites.
The beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression is more readily taken.
Much more wretched than lackof health inthe body, it is to dwell with a soul that is not healthy, but corrupt.
I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency.
The whole life of the philosopher is a preparation for death.
Let early education be a sort of amusement. You will then be better able to find out the natural bent.
There are some whom the applause of the multitude has deluded into the belief that they are really statesmen.
He who has followed the path of love's initiation in the proper order will on arriving at the end suddenly perceive a marvelous beauty, the source of all our efforts.
Welcome out of the cave, my friend. It's a bit colder out here, but the stars are just beautiful.
For the unexamined life is not worth living.
I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.
Our love for our children springs from the soul's greatest yearning for immortality.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.
Philosophy is the highest music.
To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is ridiculous.
If you harm a horse do you make him better or worse?"
Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together; it tries to make one out of two and heal the wound of human nature.
Such, Echecrates, was the end of our comrade, who was, we may fairly say, of all those whom we knew in our time, the bravest and also the wisest and most upright man.
Thus does the Muse herself move men divinely inspired, and through them thus inspired a Chain hangs together of others inspired divinely likewise.
Ideas are the source of all things.
When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.
Freedom in a democracy is the glory of the state, and, therefore, in a democracy only will the freeman of nature deign to dwell.
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Time on its back bears all things far away -- Full many a challenge is wrought by many a day -- Shape, fortune, name, and nature all decay.
Have you ever sensed that our soul is immortal and never dies?
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Where reverence is, there is fear; for he who has a feeling of reverence and shame about the commission of any action, fears and is afraid of an ill reputation.
Arguments, like men, are often pretenders.
I will prove by my life that my critics are liars.
Many men are loved by their enemies, and hated by their friends, and are the friends of their enemies, and the enemies of their friends.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
It behooves those who take the young to task to leave them room for excuse, lest they drive them to be hardened by too much rebuke.
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.
But tell me, this physician of whom you were just speaking, is he a moneymaker, an earner of fees, or a healer of the sick?
Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it; but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.
The bees can abide no drones amongst them; but as soon as they begin to be idle, they kill them.
One man cannot practice many arts with success.
The greatest mistake physicians make is that they attempt to cure the body without attempting to cure the mind, yet the mind and the body are one and should not be treated separately!
Education in music is most sovereign because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the innermost soul and take strongest hold upon it.
Money-makers are tiresome company, as they have no standard but cash value.
My plainness of speech makes people hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth.
Give me a different set of mothers and I will give you a different world.
Music then is simply the result of the effects of Love on rhythm and harmony.
There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children's lessons take the form of play.
All things are in fate, yet all things are not decreed by fate.
Books are immortal sons deifying their sires.
The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
Few men are so obstinate in their atheism, that a pressing danger will not compel them to acknowledgment of a divine power.
One trait in the philosopher's character we can assume is his love of the knowledge that reveals eternal reality, the realm unaffected by change and decay.
One trait in the philosopher's character we can assume is his love of the knowledge that reveals eternal reality, the realm unaffected by change and decay. He is in love with the whole of that reality, and will not willingly be deprived even of the most insignificant fragment of it -- just like the lovers and men of ambition we described earlier on.
Man's music is seen as a means of restoring the soul, as well as confused and discordant bodily afflictions, to the harmonic proportions that it shares with the world soul of the cosmos.
And the quality of good judgement is clearly a form of knowledge and skill, as it is because of knowledge and not because of ignorance that we judge well.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.
The ultimate design of the Mysteries ... was to lead us back to the principles from which we descended, ... a perfect enjoyment of intellectual spiritual good.
It's like this, I think: the excellence of a good body doesn't make the soul good, but the other way around: the excellence of a good soul makes the body as good as it can be.
Only a philosopher's mind grows wings, since its memory always keeps it as close as possible to those realities by being close to which the gods are divine.
Every unjust man is unjust against his will.
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
I know nothing more worthy of a man's ambition than that his son be the best of men.
In a democracy only will the freeman of nature design to dwell.
For the object of education is to teach us to love beauty.
Virtue is voluntary, vice involuntary.
It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.
Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was every granted by the gods to man.
Then the lover, who is true and no counterfeit, must of necessity be loved by his love.
They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.
What then is the right way to live? Life should be lived as play.
Would that I were the heaven, that I might be all full of love-lit eyes to gaze on thee.
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
Prefer diligence before idleness, unless you esteem rust above brightness.
Science is nothing but perception.
Wisest is he who knows what he does not know.
As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
Those who don't know must learn from those who do.
An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.
A fit of laughter, which has been indulged to excess, almost always produces a violent reaction.
The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings.
No one is so cowardly that Love could not inspire him to heroism.
Let him know how to choose the mean and avoid the extremes on either side, as far as possible... For this is the way of happiness.