Also, unlike other Sophists of the time, he refused to accept pay for his teachings. Incidentally, how would your guardians settle their disagreements--by majority rule? The guardians would have to be carefully trained and carefully selected for their special qualities of knowledge and virtue.
There is a scale; and the correspondence of heaven to earth, of matter to mind, of the part to the whole, is our guide. In reading logarithms one is not more secure than in following Plato in his flights.
Things added to things, as statistics, civil history, are inventories. He prefers to tackle each problem separately, work it out as best as he can, and give an answer. Where there is great compass of wit, we usually find excellencies that combine easily in the living man, but in description appear incompatible.
If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.
If he made transcendental distinctions, he fortified himself by drawing all his illustrations from sources disdained by orators and polite conversers; from mares and puppies; from pitchers and soup-ladles; from cooks and criers; the shops of potters, horse-doctors, butchers and fishmongers.
Book III[ edit ] Can any man be courageous who has the fear of death in him?