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  • ''Putting the shoe on the wrong foot.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Theatetus, 193 C....
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  • ''Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Theatetus, 155 D....
  • ''Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Epistolae, 336 B....
  • ''It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Glaucon, in The Republic, bk. 7, sect. 529. Socrates disagreed: "It seems to me that astronomy, as now handled by those who embark on philosophy, positively makes the soul look downwards."
  • ''Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.''
    Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Republic, bk. 2, sct. 5.

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Best Poem of Plato

Love Asleep

We reached the grove's deep shadow and there found
Cythera's son in sleep's sweet fetters bound;
Looking like ruddy apples on their tree;
No quiver and no bended bow had he;
These were suspended on a leafy spray.
Himself in cups of roses cradled lay,
Smiling in sleep; while from their flight in air,
The brown bees to his soft lips made repair,
To ply their waxen task and leave their honey there.

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To Stella

Thou gazest on the stars, my star!
Ah! would that I might be
Myself those skies with myriad eyes,
That I might gaze on thee.

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