Q – Plato

Plato circa 428 - 348BC was a philosopher in Classical Greece. He founded the Academy in Athens, the first institute of higher learning in the western world.

 

‘Necessity is the mother of invention’

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‘Death is not the worst that can happen to men’

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‘Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another’

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‘No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death’

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‘Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself’

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‘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’

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‘The measure of a man is what he does with power’

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‘There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honour, and lovers of gain’

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‘Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil’

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‘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’

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‘Love is a serious mental disease’

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‘I have hardly ever known a mathematician who is capable of reasoning’

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‘Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge’

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‘Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance’

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‘Only the dead have seen the end of war’

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‘Never discourage anyone, who continually makes progress, no matter how slow’

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‘Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something’

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‘The beginning is the most important part of the work’

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‘Courage is knowing what not to fear’

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‘The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery’

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‘At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet’

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‘The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings’

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‘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’

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‘Education is teaching our children to desire the right things’

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‘I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing’

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