Too much to say

‘Therefore, say that what provides the truth to the things known and gives the power to the one who knows is the idea of the good. And as the cause of knowledge and truth, you can understand it to be a thing known; … As for knowledge and truth, just as in the other region it is right to hold light and sight sunlike, but to believe them to be the sun is not right; so too here, to hold these two to be like the good is right, but to believe that either of them is the good is not right. The condition which characterizes the good must receive still greater honor.’

‘You speak of an overwhelming beauty,’ he said, “if it provides knowledge and truth but is istself beyond them in beauty. You surely don’t mean it is pleasure.’

‘Hush Glaucon.’

(Plato, The Republic, 508e-509a)