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Quotations From PLATO

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  • 41.
    To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Statesman, 264 B....
  • 42.
    The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Sophist, 254 A....
  • 43.
    There is an ancient saying, which is a true one—"To fight against two opponents is a difficult thing."
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 919 B....
  • 44.
    It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Axiochus, 365 B....

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  • 45.
    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 (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cephalus, in The Republic, bk. 1, sct. 329.

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  • 46.
    The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness.... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 8, sct. 565.

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  • 47.
    Let parents then bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 729 A....

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  • 48.
    May not the wolf, as the proverb says, claim a hearing?
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedrus, 272.
  • 49.
    Equals, the proverb goes, delight in equals.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedrus, 240 C....
  • 50.
    It seems to me that whatever else is beautiful apart from asbsolute beauty is beautiful because it partakes of that absolute beauty, and for no other reason. Do you accept this kind of causality?
    Plato (c. 428-348 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo 100c4-6, Collected Dialogues of Plato, trans. by Hugh Tredennick, eds. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, Princeton University Press (1963).

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