We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)
Contributed by: Zaady
A tyrant . . . is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
All wars are fought for the sake of getting money.
Whence comes war and fighting, and factions? Whence but from the body and the lust of the body? Wars are occasioned by the love of money, and money has to be acquired for the same and service of the body.
The wisest have the most authority.
. . . Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded. . . .
Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable, inasmuch as he has the fountain of reason in him not yet regulated.
Arguments derived from probabilities are idle.
The ludicrous state of solid geometry made me pass over this branch.
Source: Republic, VII, 528.
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