He is divine -- but then I call all philosophers that.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Piety, then, is that which is dear to the gods, and impiety is that which is not dear to them.

Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.

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.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

There can be no fairer spectacle than that of a man, who combines the possession of moral beauty in his soul with outward beauty of form, corresponding and harmonizing with the former, because the same great pattern enters both.

Anarchy should have no place in the life of man or of the beasts who are subject to man.

The men of the cave would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes...

What a strange thing that which men call pleasure seems to be, and how astonishing the relation it has with what is thought to be its opposite, namely pain! A man cannot have both at the same time. Yet if he pursues and catches the one, he is almost always bound to catch the other also, like two creatures with one head.

And as they have nothing but their persons which they can call their own, suits and complaints will have no existence among them; they will be delivered from all those quarrels of which money or children or relations are the occasion. Of course they will.

SOCRATES: But you do say that he who is a good rhapsode is also a good general. ION: Certainly.

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.

The life which is unexamined is not worth living.

I am smart because I know I nothing.

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.