Life must be lived as play.
Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
Your silence gives consent.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life
Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike
Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?
The judge should not be young; he should have learned to know evil, not from his own soul, but from late and long observation of the nature of evil in others: knowledge should be his guide, not personal experience.
Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted
The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.
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.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Science is nothing but perception.
Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
Wise men talk because they have something to say fools, because they have to say something.
Only a philosopher's mind grows wings, since its memory always keeps it as close as possible to those realities by being close to which the gods are divine.
This I know - that I know nothing.
Philosophy begins in wonder.
Truth should be highly valued; if, as we were saying, a lie is useless to the gods, and useful only as a medicine to men, then the use of such medicines should be restricted to physicians; private individuals have no business with them.
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
He was a wise man who invented beer.
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.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child's natural bent.
Atheism is a disease of the soul, before it becomes an error of the understanding.
Either death is a state of nothingness and utter unconsciousness, or, as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another....Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is to gain; for eternity is then only a single night.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness....This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Man is a being in search of meaning.
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.
Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful.
If a man can be properly said to love something, it must be clear that he feels affection for it as a whole, and does not love part of it to the exclusion of the rest.
The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
Courage is a kind of salvation. Courage is knowing what not to fear.