Wednesday Quotes
Hearing the Right Stories
May 11, 2016

“Such, then, I said are the kinds of stories that I think future guardians should and should not hear…” Plato, Republic III Few moments are as precious, for parents or for children. As my older children are leaving home, my mind goes back to those days…when all of them were ranged around […]

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Music: A Two Week Challenge
April 27, 2016

“Aren’t these the reasons, Glaucon, that education in music and poetry is most important? First, because rhythm and harmony permeate the inner part of the soul more than anything else, affecting it most strongly and bringing it grace, so that if someone is properly educated in music and poetry, it makes him […]

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The Craft of Education
April 20, 2016

“Then education is the craft concerned with doing this very thing, this turning around, and with how the soul can most easily and effectively be made to do it.” Plato, Republic VII There is a craft of living a good human life. Plato calls it justice. And there is a craft of […]

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Saved by Education
April 13, 2016

“You should realize that if anyone is saved and becomes what he ought to be under our present constitutions, he has been saved—you might rightly say—by a divine dispensation.” Plato, Republic VI Considering what Plato thought about his own age, we wonder what he would think about ours. We might reflect on […]

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I Have Ears
December 9, 2015

“It appears, I said, that as the eyes are designed to look up at the stars, so are the ears to hear harmonious motions…” Socrates in Plato’s Republic They normally escape notice in my morning glance in the mirror. Face shaved, hair (the increasingly lonely hold-outs) reasonably in place. All clear in […]

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Inexperienced in Pleasure
October 28, 2015

“They are inexperienced in pleasure and so are deceived when they compare pain to painlessness, just as they would be if they compared black to grey without having experienced white.” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic It is hard to imagine what it would be like never to have seen the color white. One […]

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Taking Care of Things
October 21, 2015

“Come, then, let’s consider this: Is there some function of a soul that you couldn’t perform with anything else, for example, taking care of things, ruling, deliberating, and the like? Is there anything other than a soul to which you could rightly assign these..?” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic Some questions are so […]

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Summer Reading is for Everyone
July 1, 2015

“Then shall we carelessly allow the children to hear any old stories…?” Plato, Republic Summer is a time for stories. There is a great tradition of taking stories seriously, even, and sometimes especially, ‘non-serious’ or leisure reading. Stories are food for the soul, for young and old alike. They should nourish. Age-appropriate […]

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Being Free from Jealousy
January 14, 2015

“Let me tell you then why the creator made this world of generation. He was good, and the good can never have any jealousy of anything. And being free from jealousy, he desired that all things should be as like himself as they could be. This is in the truest sense the […]

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Grateful to be a Teacher
December 10, 2014

“It’s no easy task—indeed it’s very difficult—to realize that in every soul there is an instrument that is purified and rekindled by such subjects [liberal studies] when it has been blinded and destroyed by other ways of life, an instrument that is more important to preserve than ten thousand eyes, since only […]