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  • He will wish and desire to learn as long as he lives, as Solon says.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Laches, 188 B....
  • They shall beget and rear children, handing on the torch of life from one generation to another.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Laws, 776 B....

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  • The good is the beautiful.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Lysis, 216 D....

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  • There is a doctrine uttered in secret that man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door of his prison and run away.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo, 62 B....
  • All I would ask you to be thinking of is the truth and not Socrates.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo, 91 B....

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  • Such, Echecrates, was the end of our comrade, who was, we may fairly say, of all those whom we knew in our time, the bravest and also the wisest and most upright man.
    Plato (c. 428-348 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Phaedo 118a15-17, Collected Dialogues of Plato, trans. by Hugh Tredennick, eds. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, Princeton University Press (1963). The end of the account of Socrates' last day on earth.

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  • All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 728 A....
  • Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 843 C....
  • No man's nature is able to know what is best for the social state of man; or, knowing, always able to do what is best.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 875.

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  • Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 709 A....
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