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(427-347BC) Greek Philosopher

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

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

Astronomy compels the soul to look upward and leads us from this world to another.

But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy; that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly.

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

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.

For our discussion is on no trifling matter, but on the right way to conduct our lives.

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

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

How can you determine whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state.

I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.

Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.

No human thing is of serious importance.

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.

Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.

States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.

The only thing he ought to consider, if he does anything, is whether he does right or wrong, whether it is what a good man does or a bad man.

The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice.

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

The productions of all arts are kinds of poetry and their craftsmen are all poets.

They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.

Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

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