If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.
Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.
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.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
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.
No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
Plato — quotes and aphorisms
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
Walking is magic. Can't recommend it highly enough. I read that Plato and Aristotle did much of their brilliant thinking together while ambulating. The movement, the meditation, the health of the blood pumping, and the rhythm of footsteps... this is a primal way to connect with one's deeper self.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom.
To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.