From "Philosophy and religion"
THE safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato. I do not mean the systematic scheme of thought which scholars have doubtfully extracted from his writings. I allude to the wealth of general ideas scattered through them. His personal endowments, his wide opportunities for experience at a great period of civilization, his inheritance of an intellectual tradition not yet stiffened by excessive systematization, have made his writing an inexhaustible mine of suggestion.
Cf. Emerson, Disclosing in every fact a germ of expansion, Russell Lowell, Fecundating minds, Augustine, Plato and Socrates, W.K.C. Guthrie, Life of Plato and philosophical influences Papacy
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