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Plato

Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece. He was also a mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science. In the words of A. N. Whitehead: (427 BC – 347 BC)

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Consider further, most foolish Socrates, that the just is always a loser in comparison with the unjust.
Plato

Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Plato

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

For he who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
Plato

God plants guilt among men when he desires utterly to destroy a house.
Plato

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
Plato

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Plato

It is just to do good to our friends when they are good and harm to our enemies when they are evil?
Plato

Justice is an art of theft; to be practised however `for the good of friends and for the harm of enemies,'
Plato

Necessity... the mother of invention.
Plato

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Plato

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
Plato

Science is nothing but perception.
Plato

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
Plato

the gods apportion calamity and misery to many good men, and good
Plato

Then he who is a good keeper of anything is also a good thief?
Plato

Then justice is not good for much.
Plato

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
Plato

They say also that honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
Plato

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Plato

This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
Plato

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

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Plato

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
Plato

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