"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."
"Philosophy is the highest music."
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."
"When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
"Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind."
"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
"Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself."
"Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half."
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."
"Attention to health is life greatest hindrance."
"Courage is knowing what not to fear."
"Courage is a kind of salvation."
"Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history."
"Man - a being in search of meaning."
"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."
"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile."
"Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety."
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
"Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something."
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