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Classical Greek philosopher, student of Socrates, teacher of Aristotle, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens
(c. 427 BC - c. 347 BC)

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...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...
 

A boy is, of all wild beasts, the most difficult to manage.
 

A dog has the soul of a philosopher.
 

A friend ought always to do good to a friend and never evil
 

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
 

A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
[Accomplished]
 

A kiss, and touch of lips; not strange my Soul should cling - Strive to cross, weep to turn, and starve with me poor thing
 

A man left gold; another took it; left a noose, So the first hanged himself; having but life to lose
 

A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.
 

Abstinence is the surety of temperance
[Abstinence]
 

All learning has an emotional base.
[Education]
 

All loves should be simply stepping-stones to the love of God. So it was with me; and blessed be his name for his great goodness and mercy.
[Love]
 

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.
[Equality]
 

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
 

All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
 

And now I depart hence condemned by you to suffer the penalty of death, and they, too, go their ways condemned by the truth to suffer the penalty of villainy and wrong; and I must abide by my award - let them abide by theirs.
 

And the only life which looks down upon the life of political ambition is that of true philosophy. Do you know of any other?
 

And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
 

And yet the true creator is necessity, which is the mother of invention.
 

Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.
 


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