Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.
Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.
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.
The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it's almost impossible to stamp out.
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
All things will be produced in superior quantity and 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.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.