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If anyone comes to the gates of poetry and expects to become an adequate poet by acquiring expert knowledge of the subject without the Muses' madness, he will fail, and his self-controlled verses will be eclipsed by the poetry of men who have been driven out of their minds.
It is no good for rulers if the people they rule cherish ambitions for themselves or form strong bonds of friendship with one another.
Then the imitative poet who aims at being popular is not by nature made, nor is his art intended, to please or to affect the rational principle in the soul; but he will prefer the passionate and fitful temper, which is easily imitated? Clearly.
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.
Hope,' he says, 'cherishes the soul of him who lives in justice and holiness, and is the nurse of his age and the companion of his journey;—hope which is mightiest to sway the restless soul of man.
What you should do, said Socrates, is to say a magic spell over him every day until you have charmed his fears away.
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?
Each of us, then, is a token of a human, since we've been sliced like a flatfish and made two out of one. So everyone's always searching for his own token.
Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
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.