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platoWise men have something to say - Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

Laws to tell them to act responsibly - Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

The measure of a man - The measure of a man is what he does with power.

No man should bring children. . . - No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

Being governed by your inferiors - One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

Without knowledge of another's character - Misanthropy ariseth from a man trusting another without having sufficient knowledge of his character, and, thinking him to be truthful, sincere, and honorable, finds a little afterwards that he is wicked, faithless, and then he meets with another of the same character. When a man experiences this often, and more particularly from those whom he considered his most dear and best friends, at last, having frequently made a slip, he hates the whole world, and thinks that there is nothing sound at all in any of them.

A man says that it is right to give every one his due - If a man says that it is right to give every one his due, and therefore thinks within his own mind that injury is due from a just man to his enemies but kindness to his friends, he was not wise who said so, for he spoke not the truth, for in no case has it appeared to be just to injure any one.

Wisdom is the true coin for exchange - Wisdom alone is the true and unalloyed coin for which we ought to exchange all things, for this and with this everything is bought and sold--fortitude, temperance, and justice; in a word, true virtue subsists with wisdom.