Oh dear Pan and all the other Gods of this place, grant that I may be beautiful inside.

Oh dear Pan and all the other Gods of this place, grant that I may be beautiful inside. Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within. May I consider the wise man rich. As for gold, let me have as much as a moderate man could bear and carry with him.
— Plato, speaking as Socrates, in the Phaedrus

The Phaedrus is a dialogue between Socrates, and Phaedrus, written by Plato around 370 BC, about the same time as his Republic. Plato had previously been a student of Socrates, and in the dialogues he subsequently wrote, Plato often used Socrates as the main character. The quote above could therefore be a quote from Socrates himself.

Plato having been taught by one of the titans of Western Philosophy, became the teacher of another: Aristotle.

Image of Socrates, at the Louvre, by Sting [CC BY-SA 2.5 ], via Wikimedia Commons

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