Platonic Quotes

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Thomas Jefferson
“I have observed, indeed, generally, that while in protestant countries the defections from the Platonic Christianity of the priests is to Deism, in catholic countries they are to Atheism. Diderot, D'Alembert, D’Holbach, Condorcet, are known to have been among the most virtuous of men. Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.

[Letter to Thomas Law, 13 June 1814]”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

J.K. Rowling
“Harry and Hermione are very platonic friends. But I won't answer for anyone else, nudge-nudge wink-wink!”
J. K. Rowling

Russell Brand
“I hope it is not necessary for me to stress the platonic nature of our relationship- not platonic in the purest sense, there was no philosophical discourse, but we certainly didn't fuck, which is usually what people mean by platonic; which I bet would really piss Plato off, that for all his thinking and chatting his name has become an adjective for describing sexless trysts.”
Russell Brand, My Booky Wook

Leo Tolstoy
“And those who only know the non-platonic love have no need to talk of tragedy. In such love there can be no sort of tragedy.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”

“καὶ οὗτος ἄρα καὶ ἄλλος πᾶς ὁ ἐπιθυμῶν τοῦ μὴ ἐτοίμου ἐπιθυμεῖ”
Plato, The Symposium

John  Adams
“I am bold to Say that neither you nor I, will live to See the Course which 'the Wonders of the Times' will take. Many Years, and perhaps Centuries must pass, before the current will acquire a Settled direction... yet Platonic, Pythagoric, Hindoo, and cabalistic Christianity, which is Catholic Christianity, and which has prevailed for 1,500 years, has received a mortal wound, of which the monster must finally die. Yet so strong is his constitution, that he may endure for centuries before he expires.

{Letter to Thomas Jefferson, July 16 1814}”
John Adams, The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams

Jacques Monod
“In science there is and will remain a Platonic element which could not be taken away without ruining it. Among the infinite diversity of singular phenomena science can only look for invariants.”
Jacques Monod, Chance and Necessity: An Essay on the Natural Philosophy of Modern Biology

Kristen O'Neal
“Sometimes you just look at a person in that moment and think yes, they're going to be important to me. They're going to change the shape my life takes. We're going to mean something to each other.
This is the feeling I get as I watch Brigid try to fold an entire meat-lover's pizza in half, give up, and stack four slices directly on top of one another to shove them into her mouth.”
Kristen O'Neal, Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

Crystal Woods
“I imagine you dream of me on the nights I dream of you. I'm always so confused by the platonic way we enjoy each other’s company. We talk about so many things that I can't recall when I wake up. How did you get me pregnant last night? We never touch in my dreams.”
Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading 2

“She made him sad, but he also longed for this sorrow to arrive in his room as often as possible in that ascetic uniform of long top and jeans, the cassock of her platonic detachment.”
Manu Joseph, Serious Men

William Kingdon Clifford
Euclid's Elements has been for nearly twenty-two centuries the encouragement and guide of that scientific thought which is one thing with the progress of man from a worse to a better state. The encouragement; for it contained a body of knowledge that was really known and could be relied on, and that moreover was growing in extent and application. For even at the time this book was written—shortly after the foundation of the Alexandrian Museum—Mathematics was no longer the merely ideal science of the Platonic school, but had started on her career of conquest over the whole world of Phenomena. The guide; for the aim of every scientific student of every subject was to bring his knowledge of that subject into a form as perfect as that which geometry had attained. Far up on the great mountain of Truth, which all the sciences hope to scale, the foremost of that sacred sisterhood was seen, beckoning for the rest to follow her.”
William Kingdon Clifford, Lectures and Essays by the Late William Kingdon Clifford, F.R.S.

E.A. Bucchianeri
“What was that? Valentine's Day? Her heart gave a little skip at the thought, she had never spent it in a romantic way before, usually the day meant sending and receiving cute Cupid cards and heart shaped sugar candies, but it was all in a platonic celebration of friendship. This time, it would not be like that, it would be ... special.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Louisa May Alcott
“It may be vain and wrong to say it, but- I'm afraid- Laurie is getting too fond of me.

Then you don't care for him in the way it is evident he begins to care for you? And Mrs March looked anxious as she put the question.

Mercy, no! I love the dear boy, as I always have, and am immensely proud of him, but as for anything more, it's out of the question.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Erwin Panofsky
“Fusing the doctrines of Plotinus and Proclus with the creeds and beliefs of Christianity, Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite combined the Neo-Platonic conviction of the fundamental oneness and luminous aliveness of the world with the Christian dogmas of the triune God, original sin and redemption. The universe is created, animated and unified by the perpetual self-realization of what Plotinus had called "the One," what the Bible had called "the Lord," and what he calls "the superessential Light.”
erwin panofsky, Meaning in the Visual Arts

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Many a man does not have a girlfriend, yet a girlfriend has him.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Louisa May Alcott
“How stupid you are child! He meant you of course.

Did he? And Jo opened her eyes as if the thought had never occurred to her before.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Louisa May Alcott
“It would trouble me sadly to make him unhappy, for I couldn't fall in love with the dear old fellow merely out of gratitude, could I?”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Louisa May Alcott
“I don't. I never wanted to make you care for me so, and I went away to keep you from it if I could.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Louisa May Alcott
“We don't agree and we never shall, so we'll be good friends all our lives, but we won't go and do anything rash.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women