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Plato, Republic, Book 5, section 458a (search)
Permit me to take a holiday, just as men of lazy minds are wont to feast themselves on their own thoughts when they walk alone.Cf. Isocrates ii. 47, on “those who in solitude do not deliberate but imagine what they wish,” and Chesterton's saying, “All feeble spirits live in the future, because it is a soft job”; cf. further on day-dreams, Schmidt, Ethik der Griechen, ii. p. 71, and Lucian's *PLOI=ON H)\ EU)XAI/. Plato's description anticipates the most recent psychology in everything except the term “autistic thinking.” Such persons, without waiting to discover how their desires may be realized, dismiss that topic to save themselves the labor of deliberating about possibilities and impossib