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Plato
0468 - 0347
Greek philosopher, student of Socrates

Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.

But when he [the people's champion] 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.

The price people pay for not concerning themselves with politics is to be governed by people worse than themselves.

[A slave is] ... one who in his actions does not express his own ideas but those of another man.

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.

Shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?