A man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying; he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong — acting the part of a good man or a bad.

Socrates (c.470-399 BC) Greek philosopher
In Plato, Apology, sec. 28b (tr. B. Jowett)

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Alt. trans.: "Thou doest wrong to think that a man of any use at all is to weigh the risk of life or death, and not to consider one thing only, whether when he acts he does the right thing or the wrong, performs the deeds of a good man or a bad." ("No Evil Can Happen to a Good Man," Full text)

Alt trans. (H. Trendennick): "You are mistaken, my friend, if you think that a man who is worth anything ought to spend his time weighing up the prospects of life and death. He has only one thing to consider in performing any action -- that is, whether he is acting rightly or wrongly, like a good man or a bad one." (E hamilton, H., Cairns, ed., Plato: The Collected Dialogs (1961))

Added on 24-Jul-07 | Last updated 21-Aug-14
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