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" How can you prove 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? "
" For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. "
" Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand. "
" Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. "
" The wisest have the most authority. "
" Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. "
" Philosophy begins in wonder. "
" We are twice armed if we fight with faith. "
" Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. "
" They certainly give very strange names to diseases. "
" Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. "
" Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. "
" It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn. "
" There is no such thing as a lovers' oath. "
" 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. "
" This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are. "
" Science is nothing but perception. "
" Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. "
" One man cannot practice many arts with success. "
" To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less. "
" The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. "
" I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict. "
" Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune. "
" Man - a being in search of meaning. "
" One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. "
" Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly. "
" He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power. "
" Philosophy is the highest music. "
" There is no harm in repeating a good thing. "
A Good Thing
" The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. "
" To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils. "