Excerpt from The Princeton Review, Vol. 2: April, 1864
In early youth, he gave indications of an extensive and original genius. He was instructed, like the rest of the Athenians, in grammar, music, and gymnastic exercises. Owing to the respectability of his connections and ancestors, he had many inducements to engage in politics; but the revolutions of the times, and the dreadful injustice which he saw continually perpetrated, discouraged him. His attention was early directed to painting and poetry. Before the age of twenty, he had produced an epic poem, which, after reading Homer, he had the good sense to destroy. He also wrote tragedies and lyrics, and might have excelled in this species of composition; but happening to meet with Socrates, he was so captivated by his reasoning and eloquence, that he resolved to abandon all other pursuits, and apply himself wholly to the study of wisdom.
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