The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.

Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not.

But Above all things truth beareth away the victory.

As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.

The not- beautiful is as real as the beautiful, the not-just as the just. And the essence of the not-beautiful is to be separated from and opposed to a certain kind of existence which is termed beautiful. And this opposition and negation is the not-being of which we are in search, and is one kind of being.

You wouldn't know him if I told you the name. HIPPIAS: But I know right now he's an ignoramus.

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.

Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, making sacrifices, singing and dancing, and then a man will be able to propitiate the gods, and defend himself against his enemies, and win in the contest.

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.

We've heard many people say and have often said ourselves that justice is doing one's own work and not meddling with what isn't one's own ... Then, it turns out that this doing one's own work-provided that it comes to be in a certain way-is justice.

As long as I draw breath and am able, I won't give up practicing philosophy.

A human being is the measure of all things. of the things that are, that they are, and of things that are not, that they are not.

The ruler who is good for anything ought not to beg his subjects to be ruled by him, although the present governors of mankind are of a different stamp.