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" Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. "
" And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. "
" 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. "
" Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. "
" At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. "
" We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue. "
" Courage is a kind of salvation. "
" He who is of 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. "
" For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions. "
" We are twice armed if we fight with faith. "
" The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it's almost impossible to stamp out. "
" The greatest wealth is to live content with little. "
" It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn. "
" Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. "
" 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. "
" We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection. "
" There is no such thing as a lovers' oath. "
" Knowledge is true opinion. "
" The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. "
" When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. "
" Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. "
" One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. "
" 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. "
" Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly. "
" Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. "
" Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. "
" There is no harm in repeating a good thing. "
A Good Thing
" Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. "
" Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. "
" The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless. "
" As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. "