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Skull:
Anyone can find and add a quotation on the value and need for virtue, courage, goodness, kindness, discipline, wisdom, equanimity et cetera.


--- Quote ---Good works may exist without saving principles, and therefore cannot contain in themselves the principles of salvation; but saving principles never did, never can exist without good works.
Men often talk against faith, and make strange monsters in their imagination of those who profess to abide by the words of the apostle interpreted literally, and yet in their ordinary feelings they themselves judge and act by a similar principle. For what is love without kind offices whenever they are possible? (and they are always possible, if not by actions, commonly so called, yet by kind words, by kind looks, and, where these are out of our power, by kind thoughts and fervent prayers!)
Yet what noble mind would not be offended if he were supposed to value the serviceable offices equally with the love that produced them; or if he were thought to value the love for the sake of the services, and not the services for the sake of the love?
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Skull:

--- Quote ---The idea of the good is the greatest discipline.
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Plato, The Republic

Skull:

--- Quote ---A man should be of good cheer about his soul if he has earnestly pursued the pleasure of learning, and adorned his soul with temperance, justice, courage, freedom, and truth.
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Plato, Phaedo

Absalom:
Skull, well done, quoting arguably Man's (and Aristotle's} greatest teacher.
Plato intuitively understood that the Spiritual was Man's governor and his essence.
We are where we are, because we have forgotten/ignored that wisdom.

Skull:

--- Quote from: Absalom on April 26, 2021, 12:44:25 PM ---Skull, well done, quoting arguably Man's (and Aristotle's} greatest teacher.
Plato intuitively understood that the Spiritual was Man's governor and his essence.
We are where we are, because we have forgotten/ignored that wisdom.

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Indeed; yet such wisdom can be found in many times & climes, for example:


--- Quote ---Against an angry man do not show anger in return. Let one bless when he is cursed.
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Laws of Manu

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