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Wise Words Of Plato.

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.

It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.

The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.

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

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body.
But knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.

When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.

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

The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.

He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

The measure of a man is what he does with power.

There are three classes of men.
Lovers of wisdom, lovers of honour, and lovers of gain.

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.

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

No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

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

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.

Courage is knowing what not to fear.

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

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

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

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

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.

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

Love is a serious mental disease.

I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.

People are like dirt.
They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.

There is truth in wine and children.

Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.

You should not honour men more than truth.

The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy.
But most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.

Plato, c. 427 – c. 347 BC

Wise Words Of Pythagoras.

Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.

Ability and necessity dwell near each other.

As soon as you awake, in order lay the actions to be done the coming day.

Power is the near neighbour of necessity.

Souls never die, but always on quitting one abode pass to another.
All things change, nothing perishes.
The soul passes hither and thither, occupying now this body, now that.

It is difficult to walk at one and the same time many paths of life.

Thought is an idea in transit, which when once released, never can be lured back, nor the spoken word recalled.
Nor ever can the overt act be erased.

You should make great things, not promising great things.

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.

Practice justice in word and deed, and do not get in the habit of acting thoughtlessly about anything.

A blow from your friend is better than a kiss from your enemy.

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be.
Custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.

As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.

We ought so to behave to one another as to avoid making enemies of our friends, and at the same time to make friends of our enemies.

Friends share all things.

Declining from the public ways, walk in unfrequented paths.

Most men and women, by birth or nature, lack the means to advance in wealth or power, but all have the ability to advance in knowledge.

Reason is immortal, all else mortal.

No man is free who cannot control himself.

Above all things, respect yourself.

Silence is better than unmeaning words.

Let no one persuade you by word or deed to do or say whatever is not best for you.

A man is never as big as when he is on his knees to help a child.

The oldest, shortest words — “yes” and “no”— are those which require the most thought.

In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.

Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few.

Educate the children and it won’t be necessary to punish the men.

Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.

Pythagoras, c. 570 – c. 495 BC

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