The perfect state is one where men weep and rejoice over the same things.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.

All good and evil, whether in the body or in human nature, originates in the soul, and overflows from thence, as if from the head into the eyes.

To speak knowing the truth, among prudent and dear men, about what is greatest and dear, is a thing that is safe and encouraging. But to present arguments at a time when one is in doubt and seeking... is a thing both frightening and slippery.

States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.

For once touched by love, everyone becomes a poet.

Beauty is certainly a soft, smooth, slippery thing, and therefore of a nature which easily slips in and permeates our souls.

A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways - by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognise that the same thing happens to the soul.

Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.

Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.

Justice is useful when money is useless.

We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

For, it could be doubted that the things said are possible; and, even if, in the best possible conditions, they could come into being, that they would be what is best will also be doubted. So that is why there's a certain hestitation about getting involved in it, for fear that the argument might seem to be a prayer, my dear comrade.

The right way is to give one's attention first to the highest good of the young, just as you expect a good gardener to give his attention first to the young plants, and after that to the others. - Socrates.

Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its law.