1) Describing the power
struggle between rich and poor, Plato asserts, "and when the poor win, the
result is a democracy."
2) "A democracy...will
promote to honor anyone who merely calls himself the people's friend."
3) Warning about the dangers
of popular rule, he says, "modesty and self-control, dishonored and
insulted as the weaknesses of an unmanly fool, are thrust out into
4) Describing the transition
from democracy to tyranny, Plato asserts, "The insatiable desire for this
good to the neglect of everything else may transform a democracy and lead to a
demand for despotism."
5) "...society cannot
hold wealth in honor and at the same time establish a proper self-control in its
6) Describing democracy, he
says, "[it's] a wonderfully pleasant life, surely, for the moment."
7) "Oligarchy was
established by men with a certain aim in life: the good they sought was wealth,
and it was the insatiable appetite for money-making to the neglect of everything
else that proved its undoing."
8) "...the only outcome
of too much freedom is likely to be excessive subjection."
9) Describing men ruled by
their appetites, Plato remarks, "...they resent the slightest application
of control as intolerable tyranny, and in their resolve to have no master they
end by disregarding even the law, written or unwritten."
10) "And the people
always put forward a single champion of their interests, whom they nurse to
greatness. Here, plainly enough, is the root from which despotism invariably