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  1. About the daimon, or genius, of Socrates, as well as in general about his life, we know from the works of his followers.

    Plato, in the dialogue Phaeagus, put the following words into Socrates 'mouth:” Thanks to a divine destiny, from early childhood I have been accompanied by a certain genius – this is a voice that, when I hear it, always tells me to give up whatever I am going to do, but never encourages me to do anything. And if, when one of my friends consults me, I hear this voice, it warns me in the same way and does not allow me to act.”

    According to the same dialogue, Socrates ' genius manifested itself in various ways, but most often warned him about the danger, and also told Socrates which people he should and should not teach: “All this I have said to you is that the great power of this divine sign extends to those people who constantly communicate with me. After all, this power is opposed to many, and for such people it is of no use to talk with me, because I am not able to communicate with them either. For many, it doesn't stop them from spending time with me, but they don't benefit from it. And those whom the power of my genius helps to communicate with me – and you know them – make very quick progress. And again, of these successful students, some get a solid and permanent benefit, and many others, while they are with me, do surprisingly well, and when they leave me, they become like everyone else again.”

  2. In the philosophical texts of Plato (Symposium (Plato)), dated 385-370 BC ,the servant Diotima teaches Socrates that ” love not a deity, but rather a great demon. Everything demonic lies between the divine and the mortal. Demons, being intermediaries, transmit the prayers and donations of people to the gods, and the will of the gods − payment or rewards-is transmitted to people.” �Source: Daemon #Socrates.

    And here she is, Diotima explaining to Socrates,

    that love is a great demon. I think she was right.

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