In which, if any, of these constitutions do we find the art of ruling being practiced in the actual government of men? What art is more difficult to learn? But what art is more important to us?



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Isn't there still one other possibility ... , I said, our persuading you that you must let us go?

Because a freeman ought not to be a slave in the acquisition of knowledge of any kind. Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance.

But I speak in this vehement manner, as I must frankly confess to you, because I want to hear from you the opposite side; and I would ask you to show not only the superiority which justice has over injustice, but what effect they have on the possessor of them which makes the one to be a good and the other an evil to him.

Are not they temperate from a kind of intemperance?

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.

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.

For once touched by love, everyone becomes a poet.

To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.

Or isn't virtue in tension with wealth, as though each were lying in the scale of a balance, always inclining in opposite directions?

Piety, then, is that which is dear to the gods, and impiety is that which is not dear to them.

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.

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.