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Most people would have heard the term, "platonic love", which simply put means 'non-sexual love'. It wasn't really a term coined by the Greek philosopher Plato. In fact, it was this thinker's masterpiece 'Symposium' that inspired Marsilio Ficino, an Italian scholar to come up with the jargon, "amor platonicus". 'Symposium' shows Plato's teacher Socrates describe the transcendence of a mere basal feeling such as desire for a beautiful body to the love of beauty in general.

Ficino, also a Catholic priest, took Socrates' definition of love a notch higher by relating it to devotion towards God. He equated this love with divine attachment, saying, "The passion of a lover is not quenched by the mere touch or sight of a body, for it does not desire this or that body, but desires the splendor of the divine light shining through bodies, and is amazed and awed by it."

Subsequently the locution "amor platonicus" became a fad and women proudly began donning the role of 'the beloved who incites spiritual desire'. The same expression was adopted into written English not before the 1630s, when Neoplatonism became the new trend. While some swore heavily by the phraseology, others endeavored to expose it as pretentious. William Davenant, for instance, wrote a play, 'Platonick Love' which approached the entire concept as if it was ostentatious. Well, hate it or like it, we just can't ignore ‘platonic love’, and it's all because of Plato.

There is truth in wine and children

- Symposium/Phaedrus , Plato

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.

- The Republic , Plato

Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.

- Plato

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

- Plato

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

- Plato

Those who tell the stories rule society.

- Plato

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

- Plato

Love is a serious mental disease.

- Phaedrus , Plato

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

- Plato

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.

- Plato

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

- Plato

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

- Plato

The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.

- The Republic , Plato

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

- Plato

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

- Plato

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

- Plato

According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.

- The Symposium , Plato

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.

- The Republic , Plato

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

- Plato

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

- Plato

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future.

- Plato

Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, you cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.

- Plato

Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

- Plato

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

- Plato

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

- Plato

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.

- Plato

Life must be lived as play.

- Plato

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.

- Plato

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

- Plato

Courage is a kind of salvation.

- Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.

- Plato

Death is not the worst that can happen to men.

- Plato

Democracy passes into despotism.

- Plato

Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.

- Plato

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

- Plato

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

- Plato

Abstinence is the surety of temperance

- Plato

The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.

- Plato

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