❝ In the Republic, Plato implies that the soul should be understood by analogy with the city. Justice in a city depends on the form of its regime, and so it is with each soul. In the best city, he hypothesizes that the best men—those who know, the philosopher-kings who have become acquainted with the world of Forms—will rule over the soldiers and laborers who make up the rest of the population. Similarly, in the best soul, its best element—reason—will regulate its passions and bodily needs. Furthermore, Plato implies, the best soul is most likely to flourish in the best city, where the rule of the best men will reinforce the best element in the soul of each citizen. Like a wise monarch, the best soul will be clear, consistent, courageous, and unswerving in its dedication to the good. It will strive to know clearly its true bent, its special talents, its mettle—and therefore to acknowledge how it properly ought to fit into the political order of things.
— James Miller, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche (via ludimagister)
❝ Sit in a room and read—and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.
— Joseph Campbell (via mycolorbook)