The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.
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.
Philosophy begins in wonder.
Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
I would fain grow old learning many things.
Love is a serious mental disease.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
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.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
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.
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?
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.