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Roland Martin

You know that all things have a common notion. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

O Socrates, I used to be told, before I knew you, that you were always doubting yourself and making others doubt; and now you are casting your spells over me, and I am simply getting bewitched and enchanted, and am at my wits' end ... for my soul and tongue are really torpid, and I do not know how to answer you. ~ Meno in Plato's Meno

For I perplex others, not because I am clear, but because I am utterly perplexed myself. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

All enquiry and all learning is but recollection. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

There is no teaching, but only recollection. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

But do you think that he would ever have enquired into or learned what he fancied that he knew, though he was really ignorant of it, until he had fallen into perplexity under the idea that he did not know, and had desired to know? ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

Without any one teaching him he will recover his knowledge for himself, if he is only asked questions. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

But that we shall be better and braver and less helpless if we think that we ought to inquire, than we should have been if we thought that there was no knowing and no duty to seek to know what we do not know;—that is a belief for which I am ready to fight, in word and deed, to the utmost of my power. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

I must yield to you, for you are irresistible. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

And such of these as are not knowledge, but of another sort, are sometimes profitable and sometimes hurtful; as for example, courage wanting good sense, which is only a sort of confidence? When a man has no sense he is harmed by such confidence, but when he has sense he is profited? ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

A principle which has any soundness should stand firm not only just now, but always. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

Perhaps there is no city in which it is not easier to do men harm than to do them good. ~ Anytus in Plato's Meno

Certainly we shall have to look to ourselves, and try to find some one who will help in some way or other to improve us. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

True opinion is as good a guide to correct action as knowledge. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

Now this is an illustration of the nature of true opinions: while they abide with us they are beautiful and fruitful, but they run away out of the human soul, and do not remain long, and therefore they are not of much value until they are fastened by the tie of the cause; and this fastening of them, friend Meno, is recollection. ~ Socrates in Plato's Meno

Is not the love of learning identical with a philosophical disposition? ~ Plato, The Republic

Because it seems to me that many fall into it even against their will, and fancy they are discussing, when they are merely debating, because they cannot distinguish the meanings of a term, in their investigation of any question, but carry on their opposition to what is stated, by attacking the mere words, employing the art of debate, and not that of philosophical discussion. ~ Plato, The Republic

For the constrained performance of bodily labour does, it is true, exert no evil influence on the body; but in the case of the mind, no study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory. ~ Plato, The Republic

For have you not perceived that imitations, whether of bodily gestures, tones of voice, or modes of thought, if they be persevered in from an early age, are apt to grow into habits and a second nature? ~ Plato, The Republic

[T]he life of man in every part has need of harmony and rhythm. ~ Plato, The Republic

For I used to imagine that no human can can make men good; but I know better now. ~ Plato, The Republic

For a long time I could not take my eyes off him, still spellbound, expecting him to speak further, and eager to hear him. ~ Plato, Protagoras

For the thing to be done does not choose, I imagine, to tarry the leisure of the doer, but the doer must be at the beck of the thing to be done, and not treat it as a secondary affair. From these considerations it follows, that all things will be produced in superior quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else. ~ Plato, The Republic

And assuredly [man] will love that most whose interests he regards as identical with his own, and in whose prosperity or adversity he believes his own fortunes to be involved. ~ Plato, The Republic

Then we must include in the objects of our search a good memory, a dauntless demeanour, and a thorough love of work. ~ Plato, The Republic


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