A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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It is only just that anything that grows up on its own should feel it has nothing to repay for an upbringing which it owes no one.

Even the Gods love jokes.

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.

Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.

True, how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?

He was a wise man who invented God.

Be kind, because everyone is having a really hard time.

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.

When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.

Does not every man love that which he deems noble and just and good, and hate the opposite of them?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.

For what lover would not choose rather to be seen by all mankind than by his beloved, either when abandoning his post or throwing away his arms? He would be ready to die a thousand deaths rather than endure this.

When equality is given to unequal things, the resultant will be unequal...

There is no need, however, to be angry at this ambition of theirs-- which may be forgiven; for every man ought to be loved who says and manfully pursues and works out anything which is at all like wisdom: at the same time we shall do well to see them as they really are.

Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.