Plato (428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BCE) was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contemporaries, Plato's entire work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years.

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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.

Better a little which is well done than a great deal imperfectly.

Death is not the worst that can happen to men.

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.

The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying either at home or abroad, they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.

No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death.

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.

No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.

Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.

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.

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly while bad people will find a way around the laws.

We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can, and to fly away is to become like God as far as this is possible, and to become like him is to become holy just and wise.

Democracy passes into despotism.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Twice and thrice over as they say good is it to repeat and review what is good.

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.

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