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I really do not know, Socrates, how to express …

I really do not know, Socrates, how to express what I mean. For somehow or other our arguments, on whatever ground we rest them, seem to turn round and walk away from us.

I really do not know, Socrates, how to express what I mean. For somehow or other our arguments, on whatever ground we rest them, seem to turn round and walk away from us.

Amicus Plato — amicus Aristoteles — magis amica…

Amicus Plato — amicus Aristoteles — magis amica veritas. (Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — but my greatest friend is truth.)

Amicus Plato — amicus Aristoteles — magis amica veritas. (Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — but my greatest friend is truth.)

For once touched by love, everyone becomes a po…

For once touched by love, everyone becomes a poet

For once touched by love, everyone becomes a poet

Justice is useful when money is useless.

Justice is useful when money is useless.

Justice is useful when money is useless.

It is only just that anything that grows up on …

It is only just that anything that grows up on its own should feel it has nothing to repay for an upbringing which it owes no one.

It is only just that anything that grows up on its own should feel it has nothing to repay for an upbringing which it owes no one.

Wars and revolutions and battles, you see, are …

Wars and revolutions and battles, you see, are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.

Wars and revolutions and battles, you see, are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire…

Nothing could be more important than that the w…

Nothing could be more important than that the work of a soldier is well done. No tools will make a man a skilled workmen, or master of defense, or be of any use to him who has not learned how to handle them and has never bestowed any attention on them.

Nothing could be more important than that the work of a soldier is well done. No tools will make a man a skilled workmen, or master of defense, or be of any use to him…

Imagine that the keeper of a huge, strong beast…

Imagine that the keeper of a huge, strong beast notices what makes it angry, what it desires, how it has to be approached and handled, the circumstances and the conditions under which it becomes particularly fierce or calm, what provokes its typical cries, and what tones of voice make it gentle or wild. Once he's spent enough time in the creature's company to acquire all this information, he calls it knowledge, forms it into a systematic branch of expertise, and starts to teach it, despite total ignorance, in fact, about which of the creature's attitudes and desires is commendable or deplorable, good or bad, moral or immoral. His usage of all these terms simply conforms to the great beast's attitudes, and he describes things as good or bad according to its likes and dislikes, and can't justify his usage of the terms any further, but describes as right and good the things which are merely indispensable, since he hasn't realised and can't explain to anyone else how vast a gulf there is between necessity and goodness.

Imagine that the keeper of a huge, strong beast notices what makes it angry, what it desires, how it has to be approached and handled, the circumstances and the conditions under which it becomes particularly…

The perfect state is one where men weep and rej…

The perfect state is one where men weep and rejoice over the same things.

The perfect state is one where men weep and rejoice over the same things.

[On the virtuous man] “He combines the highest,…

[On the virtuous man] "He combines the highest, lowest and middle chords in complete harmony within himself.

[On the virtuous man] “He combines the highest, lowest and middle chords in complete harmony within himself.

There is nothing I like better than conversing …

There is nothing I like better than conversing with aged men. For I regard them as travelers who have gone a journey which I too may have to go, and of whom I ought to inquire whether the way is smooth and easy or rugged and difficult. Is life harder toward the end, or what report do you give it?

There is nothing I like better than conversing with aged men. For I regard them as travelers who have gone a journey which I too may have to go, and of whom I ought to…

Nor when love is of this disinterested sort is …

Nor when love is of this disinterested sort is there any disgrace in being deceived, but in every other case there is equal disgrace in being or not being deceived. For he who is gracious to his lover under the impression that he is rich, and is disappointed of his gains because he turns out to be poor, is disgraced all the same: for he has done his best to show that he would give himself up to any one's "uses base" for the sake of money; but this is not honourable. And on the same principle he who gives himself to a lover because he is a good man, and in the hope that he will be improved by his company, shows himself to be virtuous, even though the object of his affection turn out to be a villain, and to have no virtue; and if he is deceived he has committed a noble error. For he has proved that for his part he will do anything for anybody with a view to virtue and improvement, than which there can be nothing nobler.

Nor when love is of this disinterested sort is there any disgrace in being deceived, but in every other case there is equal disgrace in being or not being deceived. For he who is gracious…

If it were necessary either to do wrong or to s…

If it were necessary either to do wrong or to suffer it, I should choose to suffer rather than do it.

If it were necessary either to do wrong or to suffer it, I should choose to suffer rather than do it.

Every king springs from a race of slaves, and e…

Every king springs from a race of slaves, and every slave had kings among his ancestors.

Every king springs from a race of slaves, and every slave had kings among his ancestors.

Time is the moving image of eternity.

Time is the moving image of eternity.

Time is the moving image of eternity.

Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men…

Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.

Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to…

He who wishes to serve his country must have no…

He who wishes to serve his country must have not only the power to think, but the will to act

He who wishes to serve his country must have not only the power to think, but the will to act

He who is a useful keeper of anything is also a…

He who is a useful keeper of anything is also a better thief.

He who is a useful keeper of anything is also a better thief.

If you harm a horse do you make him better or w…

If you harm a horse do you make him better or worse?""Worse.

If you harm a horse do you make him better or worse?””Worse.

Life must be lived as play, playing certain gam…

Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, making sacrifices, singing and dancing, and then a man will be able to propitiate the gods, and defend himself against his enemies, and win in the contest.

Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, making sacrifices, singing and dancing, and then a man will be able to propitiate the gods, and defend himself against his enemies, and win in the…

the matter is as it is in all other cases: if i…

the matter is as it is in all other cases: if it is naturally in you to be a good orator, a notable orator you will be when you have acquired knowledge and practice ...

the matter is as it is in all other cases: if it is naturally in you to be a good orator, a notable orator you will be when you have acquired knowledge and practice …

I am smart because I know I nothing.

I am smart because I know I nothing.

I am smart because I know I nothing.

but you might succeed with the second, and late…

but you might succeed with the second, and later generations.

but you might succeed with the second, and later generations.

Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard…

Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

The man who finds that in the course of his lif…

The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, and his life is full of foreboding: but the man who is conscious of no wrongdoing is filled with cheerfulness and with the comfort of old age.

The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, and his life is…

Is it not true that the clever rogue is like th…

Is it not true that the clever rogue is like the runner who runs well for the first half of the course, but flags before reaching the goal: he is quick off the mark, but ends in disgrace and slinks away crestfallen and uncrowned. The crown is the prize of the really good runner who perseveres to the end.

Is it not true that the clever rogue is like the runner who runs well for the first half of the course, but flags before reaching the goal: he is quick off the mark, but…

Rather I think that a man who … is willing …..

Rather I think that a man who ... is willing ... to value learning as long as he lives, not supposing that old age brings him wisdom of itself, will necessarily pay more attention to the rest of his life.

Rather I think that a man who … is willing … to value learning as long as he lives, not supposing that old age brings him wisdom of itself, will necessarily pay more attention to…

Then we got into a labyrinth, and, when we thou…

Then we got into a labyrinth, and, when we thought we were at the end,came out again at the beginning, having still to see as much as ever.

Then we got into a labyrinth, and, when we thought we were at the end,came out again at the beginning, having still to see as much as ever.

Here’s something else I’d like your opinion abo…

Here's something else I'd like your opinion about," I said. "If he went back underground and sat down again in the same spot, wouldn't the sudden transition from the sunlight mean that his eyes would be overwhelmed by darkness?" "Certainly," he replied. "Now, the process of adjustment would be quite long this time, and suppose that before his eyes had settled down and while he wasn't seeing well, he had once again to compete against those same old prisoners at identifying those shadows. Would he make a fool of himself? Wouldn't they say that he'd come back from his upward journey with his eyes ruined, and that it wasn't even worth trying to go up there? And would they -- if they could -- grab hold of anyone who tried to set them free and take them up there and kill him?

Here’s something else I’d like your opinion about,” I said. “If he went back underground and sat down again in the same spot, wouldn’t the sudden transition from the sunlight mean that his eyes would…

The tools that would teach men their own use wo…

The tools that would teach men their own use would be beyond price.

The tools that would teach men their own use would be beyond price.

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