Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
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The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
There are three arts which are concerned with all things one which uses another which makes and a third which imitates them.
Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not.
Yet as the proverb says, 'In vino veritas,' whether with boys, or without them (In allusion to two proverbs.); and therefore I must speak.
But that we shall be better and braver and less helpless if we think that we ought to enquire, than we should have been if we indulged in the idle fancy that there was no knowing and no use in seeking to know what we do not know;—that is a theme upon which I am ready to fight, in word and deed, to the utmost of my power.
And will life be worth having, if that higher part of man be destroyed, which is improved by justice and depraved by injustice?
There neither is nor ever will be a treatise of mine on the subject. For it does not admit of exposition like other branches of knowledge; but after much converse about the matter itself and a life lived together, suddenly a light, as it were, is kindled in one soul by a flame that leaps to it from another, and thereafter sustains itself.
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.
Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.
Consider, too, how great is the encouragement which all the world gives to the lover; neither is he supposed to be doing anything dishonourable; but if he succeeds he is praised, and if he fail he is blamed.