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Plato

The Republic

  • Helene Louise Juhl-Olsenhas quoted4 years ago
    Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
  • Muhammad Bachriehas quoted4 years ago
    let me tell you, that the more the pleasures of the body fade away, the greater to me is the pleasure and charm of conversation.
  • stellasinagahas quoted6 years ago
    justice is based on the idea of good, which is the harmony of the world, and is reflected both in the institutions of States and in motions of the heavenly bodies.
  • josuedr11has quoted7 years ago
    And is not the love of learning the love of wisdom, which is philosophy?
  • Shin Loon Leehas quoted4 years ago
    proverbs and saws; to him succeeds the wild generalization of the Sophists, and lastly come the young disciples o
  • Helene Louise Juhl-Olsenhas quoted4 years ago
    the excessive increase of anything often causes a reaction in the opposite direction
  • Peyton Cooperhas quoted4 years ago
    Would not he who is fitted to be a guardian, besides the spirited nature, need to have the qualities of a philosopher?
    I do not apprehend your meaning.
    The trait of which I am speaking, I replied, may be also seen in the dog, and is remarkable in the animal.
    What trait?
    Why, a dog, whenever he sees a stranger, is angry; when an acquaintance, he welcomes him, although the one has never done him any harm, nor the other any good. Did this never strike you as curious?
    The matter never struck me before; but I quite recognise the truth of your remark.
    And surely this instinct of the dog is very charming;--your dog is a true philosopher.
    Why?
    Why, because he distinguishes the face of a friend and of an enemy only by the criterion of knowing and not knowing. And must not an animal be a lover of learning who determines what he likes and dislikes by the test of knowledge and ignorance?
    Most assuredly.
    And is not the love of learning the love of wisdom, which is philosophy?
    They are the same, he replied.
    And may we not say confidently of man also, that he who is likely to be gentle to his friends and acquaintances, must by nature be a lover of wisdom and knowledge?
    That we may safely affirm.
    Then he who is to be a really good and noble guardian of the State will require to unite in himself philosophy and spirit and swiftness and strength?
    Undoubtedly.
    Then we have found the desired natures; and now that we have found them, how are they to be reared and educated? Is not this enquiry which may be expected to throw light on the greater enquiry which is our final end--How do justice and injustice grow up in States? for we do not want either to
  • Alex Alexhas quoted5 years ago
    Again, there is another manner in which, according to Homer, brave youths should be honoured; for he tells how Ajax, after he had distinguished himself in battle, was rewarded with long chines, which seems to be a compliment appropriate to a hero in the flower of his age, being not only a tribute of honour but also a very strengthening thing.
  • Nina Skaletskayahas quoted8 years ago
    He is answered that justice does good to friends and harm to enemies. But in what way good or harm? 'In making alliances with the one, and going to war with the other.' Then in time of peace what is the good of justice? The answer is that justice is of use in contracts, and contracts are money partnerships. Yes; but how in such partnerships is the just man of more use than any other man? 'When you want to have money safely kept and not used.' Then justice will
  • Arick Vigashas quoted10 days ago
    Nowhere in Plato is there a deeper irony or a greater wealth of humor or imagery, or more dramatic power.
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