The Greatest Gurus

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Socrates

"The only thing I know is that I know nothing" -Socrates Socrates had the most unique way of teaching people around him, that they knew nothing. Socrates would go about in market places and begin to question people who claimed that they possessed knowledge. Socrates never gave any answers, but only asked questions. He kept questioning persons till they came to the realization that they knew nothing and thus they must ought to learn.

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Plato

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each” -Plato We know Socrates' teachings through Plato's notes and writings. He is the founder of “The Academy,” the very first higher learning institution. In his work called “The Republic” Plato envisioned a utopian society led by philosophers who were trained from birth to be rulers. He also gave us the Theory of Ideas, wherein he states that what we see in this world, are only mere reflections or shadows of the real ideas which exist in an altogether separate world, the World Of Ideas.

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Aristotle

“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” -Aristotle Aristotle was Plato’s student for 20 years. He would later start his own higher learning institution known as the “Lycium” where he would expound a philosophy entirely different from his teacher Plato. Aristotle the Student of the Student of Socrates was considered by some as the father of empirical science and scientific method. He taught students like Alexander the Great, who as his name suggests, was pretty great.

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Haydn

Haydn was not only one of the most prolific composers of the Classical period, but he was also known as the “Father of Symphony.” So who did Haydn teach that was so impressive? Well for one… Beethoven Here the teacher and student relationship did not work well, at least according to Beethoven. Beethoven felt that the composition lessons from Haydn offered him no value, but others have noticed a much stronger influence that Beethoven cared to admit. For example, Beethoven’s symphonies 1 and 2 have been described as “Hayden on Steroids.” However Hayden “did” get along with another great composer who went by the name of Mozart.

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Mozart

Although not formally a teacher student duo, Mozart valued Hayden’s opinions and became highly influenced by him. Hayden may have been overshadowed by his contemporaries, but it has been said that “his music often contained both the sublime lyricism of Mozart and the dramatic profundity of Beethoven.”

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Angelo Dundee

“I just put the reflexes in the proper direction.” -Angelo Dundee If you are ever in a fight, this is the guy you want in your corner. Angelo Dundee is considered the greatest corner-man of all time. His fame began when coached Carmen Basilio in the defeat of world welterweight champion Tony DeMarco Followed by Sugar Ray Robinson. Dundee worked with 15 world boxing champions over his career including Sugar Ray Leonard, Willie Pastrano , Jimmy Ellis, Carmen Basilio, José Nápoles, Luis Rodriguez and George Foreman. However his prize student is most likely none other than…… Muhammed Ali Dundee trained Cassius Clay (Ali’s name back then) in fights against Archie Moore and Sonny Liston (Ali’s first famous heavyweight title match). Other notable matches Dundee trained and coached Ali for include: Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, Ken Norton and, later, Leon Spinks.

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Andrea del Verrocchio

Andrea del Verrocchio was an Italian sculptor, goldsmith and painter in Florence during the early renaissance. Like Socrates, he didn’t leave a lot of works behind. Little is known about his life, but his advancement is said to be owed much to the patronage of Piero de’ Medici and his son Lorenzo. So who did this guy teach that makes him so well known? Well this guy for one,Leonardo Davinci. Davinci may be one of the most well know geniuses of all time.Not just a painter, and sculptor, Davinci surpassed his mentor with his “unquenchable curiosity” by reaching into the realms of music, architecture, science, mathematics, engineering, invention, anatomy, geology, cartography, botany, and writing. At 20 years of age, Leonardo qualified as a master in the Guild of St Luke, the guild of artists and doctors of medicine, but his bond with his teacher kept him working with Verrocchio even though Leonardo had his own workshop and artistic recognition.

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