Harry Plato

Tom Bolin shared a link on Facebook to a Tumblr page with this observation:

DISCOVERY: that the addition of “Harry” to almost any Plato quote makes it seem legitimately like a nugget of wisdom out of the mouth of Albus Dumbledore.

“Death is not the worst that can happen to men, Harry.”

“Harry, good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”

“He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it, Harry.”

“Harry, how can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?”

“Harry, astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.”

“He was a wise man who invented beer, Harry.”

 

  • arcseconds

    “Listen, then, Harry, I say justice is nothing other than the advantage of the stronger. Well, why don’t you praise me? But then you’d do anything to avoid having to do that.”

    “Harry, I’ll cover my head while I’m speaking. In that way, as I’m going through the speech as fast as I can, I won’t get embarrassed by having to look at you or lose the thread of my argument.”

    “Therefore, Harry, if the one is to be the same as itself, it won’t be one with itself; and thus it will be one and not one. But surely this is impossible. Therefore the one can’t be either different from another or the same as itself.”

    I don’t think this works in general ;-)

  • PorlockJunior

    What *do* they teach the children in school today, Harry?

  • http://mythicpizza.blogspot.co.uk/ Paul Regnier

    Interestingly, sometimes it works in reverse, if you put “Socrates said” before a quote:

    “Socrates said ‘To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.’ ”

    “Socrates said ‘By all means continue destroying my possessions. I daresay I have too many’ ”

    “Socrates said ‘Humans have a knack of choosing precisely the things that are worse for them’ ”

    And sometimes it doesn’t:

    “Socrates said ‘I believe your friends Misters Fred and George Weasley were responsible for trying to send you a toilet seat. No doubt they thought it would
    amuse you’ “


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