Quotes from the Masters: Plato
With the onset of the Games of the 2012 Olympics, I’m sending an appreciative nod across the centuries to ancient Greece. I’m also nodding quite fervently at the multitude of athletes who, through the ages, have continued to astound us in their ability to go ever “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” still.
View of the Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion, on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
I admit that while I’ve been fervently nodding, I’ve also been fervently perusing possible quotes relevant to The Games. I have finally decided on an improbable one, but it is attributed to Plato (I wanted a Greek).
“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” Plato
These Olympic athletes have shown us very vividly that with slow, deliberate, determined effort, the ability of the human body can be pushed to the limit…and yet progress beyond that. I watch in extreme admiration of this assembled group of athletes and in admiration, as well, of all those who came so close in the trials—of those who even qualified for the trials—of those who even attempted to qualify–and I say, “Go, Human Race, GO!”
“Quotes from the Masters” is a category of posts that I (usually) publish each Saturday. Because of my proximity to Augusta, Georgia, I must add the disclaimer that it’s not about golf. What it IS about is gleaning the best quotes I can find from European masters of literature, philosophy, theology, music, and the visual, performing, and culinary arts.
I’m offering this category as a blogging challenge. Feel free to use the quote as an inspiration for your own post this week and interpret it as you like, using a photograph, a story, a reflection, a poem, a flower, a song, a recipe, a cup of tea –whatever! Please title this one, “Quotes from the Masters: Plato” and please add the link to this page on your post. I’d be delighted to see a link to your post on the comments section of this page, too.
- An Olympic Philosophy of Life (psychologytoday.com)