States will never be happy until rulers become philosophers or philosophers become rulers.
It is easy to forgive children who are afraid of the dark but the real tragedy of life is men who are afraid of the light.
When I kiss Agathon my soul is on my lips, where it comes, poor thing, hoping to cross over.
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He feels particularly ashamed if ever he is seen by his lovers to be invovled in something dishonourable.
A poet, you see, is a light thing, and winged and holy, and cannot compose before he gets inspiration and loses control of his senses and his reason has deserted him.
….I am inclined to think that these muscles and bones of mine would have gone off long ago to Megara or Boeotia-by the dog they would, if they had been moved only by their own idea of what was best.
To the degree that I cease to persue my deepest passions, I will gradually be controlled by my deepest fears.
Socrates: This man, on one hand, believes that he knows something, while not knowing [anything]. On the other hand, I – equally ignorant – do not believe [that I know anything].
I do not know, men of Athens, how my accusers affected you; as for me, I was almost carried away in spite of myself, so persuasively did they speak. And yet, hardly anything of what they said is true.