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Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
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Love is a serious mental disease.
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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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Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
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We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
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Truth is its own reward.
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The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
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All learning has an emotional base.
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The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
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Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.
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At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
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In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
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Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
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The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
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He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
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A well begun is half ended.
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I have good hope that there is something after death.
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Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
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Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.
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Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
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Man is a being in search of meaning.
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There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.
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Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
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They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
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A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
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Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.
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Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
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For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
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They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.
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The beginning is the most important part of the work.
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Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
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The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
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No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
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For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches.
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Even the gods love jokes.
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There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
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In the world of knowledge, the essential Form of Good is the limit of our inquiries, and can barely be perceived; but, when perceived, we cannot help concluding that it is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful --in the visible world giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing, immediately and with full authority, truth and reason --and that whosoever would act wisely, either in private or in public, must set this Form of Good before his eyes.
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The democratic youth lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.
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Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
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Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty.
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He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
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new! Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.
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Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
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Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
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We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
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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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Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them.
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Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
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