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“After this he must think that the beauty of people’s souls is more valuable than the beauty of their bodies …”
In this passage Diotima distinguishes between the beauty of a person’s body and that of a person’s soul. Now that there is a distinction she compares the value of the two types labeling one as more important. Indeed, she considers an appreciation for the beauty of a person’s soul, their virtue and character, but most especially their mind, as more valuable, stating we must be in agreement with her appraisal for us to progress in our understanding of beauty.
“…so that if someone is decent in his soul, even though he is scarcely blooming in his body, our lover must be content to love and care for him and to seek to give birth to such ideas as will make young men better.”
Diotima gives Socrates a small
13 But Moses said to God, "If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?"
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'I AM has sent me to you.' "
15 God also said to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you': This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.
16 Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and say to them, 'The LORD, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying: I have given heed to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt.
17 I declare that I will bring you up out of the misery of Egypt, to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites and Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.'
18 "The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to...