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By Robert Burton

Plato

Plato 429-347 BC
Greek Philosopher, Founder of Western Political Philosophy, Father of Idealism
                 
          
       

The wisest have the most authority.

Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

Better be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is the root of misfortune.

When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Your silence gives consent.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

Man - a being in search of meaning.

Necessity…the mother of invention.

If a man be endowed with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility.

The noblest of all studies is the study of what man is and of what life he should live.

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

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

The measure of a man is what he does with power.

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.

The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.

Democracy passes into despotism.

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all: but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.

Democracy does not contain any force which will check the constant tendency to put more and more on the public payroll. The state is like a hive of bees in which the drones display, multiply and starve the workers so the idlers will consume the food and the workers will perish.

Love is a serious mental disease.

One man cannot practice many arts with success.

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