Sophomore year of college, First semester.
"In the knowable realm, the form of the good is the last thing to be seen, and it is reached only with difficulty. Once one has seen it, however, one must conclude that it is the cause of all that is correct and beautiful in anything, that it produces both light and its source in the visible realm, and that in the intelligible realm it controls and provides truth an understanding, so that anyone who is to act sensibly in private or public must see it.
It isn't surprising that the ones who get to this point are unwilling to occupy themselves with human affairs and that their souls are always pressing upwards, eager to spend their time above, for, after all, this is surely what we'd expect, if indeed things fit the image I described before." - Plato, Plato's Republic. September 7, 2013; 5:52 PM, a Saturday afternoon.
"Then if the truth about reality is always in our souls, the soul would be immortal so that you should always confidently try to seek out and recollect what you do not know at present - that is, what you do not recollect?" - Plato, Plato's Republic. September 7, 2013; 1:08 PM, a Saturday afternoon.
"And is not finding knowledge within oneself recollection?" - Plato, Plato's Republic. September 7, 2013; 1:05 PM, a Saturday afternoon.
"As the soul is immortal, has been born often, and has seen all things here and in the underworld, there is nothing which it has not learned; so it is in no way surprising that it can recollect the things it knew before, both about virtue and other things. As the whole of nature is akin, and the soul has learned everything, nothing prevents a man, after recalling one thing only - a process men call learning - discovering everything else for himself, if he is brave and does not tire of the search, for searching and learning are, as a whole, recollection." - Plato, Plato's Republic. September 7, 2013; 12:48 PM, a Saturday afternoon.
"Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively." - Socrates, Plato's Apology. September 4, 2013; 6:34 PM, a Wednesday evening.
"It is not difficult to avoid death, gentlemen of the jury, it is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death." - Socrates, Plato's Apology. September 4, 2013; 8:07 PM, a Wednesday evening.
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