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Plutarch could write only of public men, warriors, and politicians in his "parallel lives" because, he said, he could not conceive how any "gentleman nobly born" could even wish to be an artist, whilst as for being a philosopher he praised Lycurgus and sneered at Plato for "while the first stabilized and left behind him a constitution, the other left behind him only words and books."


-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6: The Profane and The Profound > # 78






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