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  • She describes her love for him as platonic.
  • He formed a platonic friendship with a lady some years older than himself, who lived in Kensington Square; and nearly every afternoon he drank tea with her by the light of shaded candles,
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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  • I think the poet desired to embody in this one picture the whole spirit of medieval chivalry and the platonic love of a pure and high-souled knight.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot

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  • …You mustn’t misunderstand, Jake, it was absolutely platonic with the secretary.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • The objects of gentle, platonic courtship from older women with gnarled knuckles and indulgent laughs.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Some of the "Be Mines" that were stuck on the outside of cubicles were clearly platonic.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This is not on the other hand to define our relationship as Platonic, for in my understanding of that word there is an element of the cerebral, and Maria was not at all bright.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "All those nights you’ve spent in Clary’s bed, wrapped in your beautiful platonic embraces," she said, pressing her face against his shoulder so her voice was muffled.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • We continued to see each other in the music wing, but these interactions remained platonic, as if neither one of us wanted to mess with a good thing.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay

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  • And wasn’t it platonic for everyone else?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • After all, the philosopher endured this sort of platonic marriage very patiently.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • And those who only know the non-platonic love have no need to talk of tragedy.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The woman of great spirit who admired you platonically, just for your genius, your mills and your Metal!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • For irt those days love was ruled by a different convention to ours… In those days it was chivalrous, adult, long, religious, almost platonic.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "Perhaps they loved one another platonically," he said to himself.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The intimacy between them had been kept so abstract, such a matter of the soul, all thought and weary struggle into consciousness, that he saw it only as a platonic friendship.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • …it will be no great matter if it is in some other person’s hand, for as well as I recollect Dulcinea can neither read nor write, nor in the whole course of her life has she seen handwriting or letter of mine, for my love and hers have been always platonic, not going beyond a modest look, and even that so seldom that I can safely swear I have not seen her four times in all these twelve years I have been loving her more than the light of these eyes that the earth will one day devour; and…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Did you come with me quite—platonically?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Did you come with me quite—platonically?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • I think the poet desired to embody in this one picture the whole spirit of medieval chivalry and the platonic love of a pure and high-souled knight.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He formed a platonic friendship with a lady some years older than himself, who lived in Kensington Square; and nearly every afternoon he drank tea with her by the light of shaded candles, and talked of George Meredith and Walter Pater.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • This reduced Mr. Luce, her worthy husband, a tall, lean, grizzled, well-brushed gentleman who wore a gold eye-glass and carried his hat a little too much on the back of his head, to mere platonic praise of the "distractions" of Paris—they were his great word—since you would never have guessed from what cares he escaped to them.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "Platonic love, clouds…." he muttered.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It held its little wobbly head up on its shoulders-it didn’t seem to have a neck-and observed me with a wise, Platonic expression.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • You ought to make it a dialogue, don’t you know, like the Platonic dialogues Wilde wrote.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • We still speak of Socratic or Platonic philosophy, but actually being Plato or Socrates is quite another matter.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • At the time, I devoted three days to the studious digesting of all this beer, beef, and bread, during which many profound thoughts were incidentally suggested to me, capable of a transcendental and Platonic application; and, furthermore, I compiled supplementary tables of my own, touching the probable quantity of stock-fish, etc., consumed by every Low Dutch harpooneer in that ancient Greenland and Spitzbergen whale fishery.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The first of the Platonic Dialogues assigned is the Gorgias, and Phaedrus has a sense of having arrived.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Platonic!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I imagined as well a Platonic hereditary work.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • This doctrine of the incommunicability of the Truth which is beyond names and forms is basic to the great Oriental, as well as to the Platonic, traditions.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The Platonic ideal of a woman, perhaps?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • "Platonic?" I laughed but felt sullen too, for it seemed to me that Einhorn didn’t want his son to succeed me as Mimi’s lover, or any girl’s.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • A Platonic sense of duty gave her the idea that she ought to go to comfort her mother—the mother that bore her, though she hardly knew what the words meant.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • But same time, I hope you don’t suppose this husky young Swede farmer is as innocent and Platonic and all that stuff as you are!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But though he had, as we have said, formed his morals on the Platonic model, yet he perfectly agreed with the opinion of Aristotle, in considering that great man rather in the quality of a philosopher or a speculatist, than as a legislator.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Besides, she doesn’t care for him in that way, she says; it’s an ideal love, ’Platonic,’ you know; she’s afraid of rubbing the bloom off—oh, I don’t know half the things she says, how should I?
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • "Stop me if I wax Platonic," he said.
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • That all these relationships were absolutely Platonic I would not affirm, and Sir William Joynson Hicks would probably deny.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • And if Platonic philosophy was preferred above all others, it was because it did not concern itself with the study of nature, but with the study of God.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It is not certain that Socrates and his followers had very fixed opinions as to what would befall man hereafter; but the sole point of belief on which they were determined—that the soul has nothing in common with the body, and survives it—was enough to give the Platonic philosophy that sublime aspiration by which it is distinguished.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But if she won’t even see you,—and she won’t,—your constancy must remain purely Platonic."
    Henry James  --  The American
  • And in platonic love there can be no tragedy, because in that love all is clear and pure, because….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • His mother and the Platonic ideal of womanhood were one and the same.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Not even platonic.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • He became a Christian first, but the Christianity of St. Augustine is largely influenced by Platonic ideas.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • So he located the Platonic ideas in God and in that way preserved the Platonic view of eternal ideas.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • So he located the Platonic ideas in God and in that way preserved the Platonic view of eternal ideas.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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