“The Good is gentle and kindly and gracious and present to anyone when he wishes. Beauty brings wonder and shock and pleasure mingled with pain, and even draws those who do not know what is happening away from the Good, as the beloved draws a child away from its father: for Beauty is younger. But the Good is older, not in time but in truth, and has the prior power; for It has all power”.
‘The Good Is Gentle And Kindly And Gracious’
From ‘Plotinus: A Volume of Selections in a New English Translation’ by A. H. Armstrong