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  • Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 564 A....
  • Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 536 E....
  • One man cannot practice many arts with success.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 374 A....

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  • The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 389 B....

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  • There is no such thing as a lovers' oath.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. 183 B....
  • You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being framed.
    Plato (5th century B.C.).

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  • For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 4, sct. 424. He continued: "It is here in music that our guardians should erect their guard-house." Adeimantus replied: "At any rate it is here that lawlessness easily creeps in unawares."

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  • I am about to die, and that is the hour in which men are gifted with prophetic power.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Apology, 39 C....

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  • Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Epistolae, 336 B....

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  • Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Theatetus, 155 D....
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