Plato quote about knowledge from The Republic - That the knowledge at which geometry aims is knowledge of the eternal, and not of aught perishing and transient.
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That the knowledge at which geometry aims is knowledge of the eternal, and not of aught perishing and transient.
 Plato, The Republic. copy citation

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Author Plato
Source The Republic
Topic knowledge eternity geometry
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Language English
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Note Translated by Benjamin Jowett
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1497/1497-h/1497-h.htm

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“They have in view practice only, and are always speaking, in a narrow and ridiculous manner, of squaring and extending and applying and the like—they confuse the necessities of geometry with those of daily life; whereas knowledge is the real object of the whole science.
Certainly, he said.
Then must not a further admission be made?
What admission?
That the knowledge at which geometry aims is knowledge of the eternal, and not of aught perishing and transient.
That, he replied, may be readily allowed, and is true.
Then, my noble friend, geometry will draw the soul towards truth, and create the spirit of philosophy, and raise up that which is now unhappily allowed to fall down.” source

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