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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From Timaeus

Plato (427?–347 B.C.)
 
.. HE 1 therefore who hath always been occupied with the cravings of desire and ambition, and who busieth himself wholly therewith, will of necessity have got all his notions mortal, and as far as possible he will become altogether mortal; nor will he fall short of this in any way, since he hath fostered his mortal part.  1
  But he who hath earnestly striven after learning and true wisdom, and hath been fully trained and exercised therein, he, if he lay hold on truth, must one would think of necessity acquire an immortal and heavenly temper; nay—so far I say again as human nature is capable of it—he will in no wise fall short of immortality: and since he is ever serving the divine, and hath the genius which dwelleth in him ordered aright, he must needs be blessed exceedingly …  2
 
Note 1. Plato. ‘Timaeus’, 90. [Trans. R. Bridges.] [back]
 
 
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