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

Plato (427?–347 B.C.)
 
.. NOW 1 every human soul must have seen the realities of that other world, else could she not have entered into this body.  1
  But to recall those things by means of the things of this world is not easy for every soul. It may be that some, when in the other world, had too brief a vision of it; and others, when they fell hitherward, met with ill fortune, and, through various companionships being turned to iniquity, forgat the holy things which they had seen aforetime. Few indeed are left who have a ready and sufficient memory; and they, when they behold here any likeness of the things there, are amazed and cannot contain themselves. But what this emotion really is they know not, because their perception is too indistinct.  2
 
Note 1. Plato. ‘Phaedrus’, 249. [Trans. R. Bridges.] [back]
 
 
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