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Continuous association with base men increases a disposition to crime.

[Φαύλων ὁμιλίη ξυνεχὴς ἕξιν κακίης συναέξει]

Democritus (c. 460 BC - c. 370 BC) Greek philosopher
Fragment 184 [tr. Freeman (1948)]

Collected in Joannes Stobaeus (Stobaios) Anthologium II, 31, 90

Alt. trans.
  • "Associating with scoundrels frequently increases the possession of wickedness." [tr. @sententiq, as Fr. 234]
  • "By associating with scoundrels, you will turn out a scoundrel"
  • "Continuous association with the wicked increases bad character."
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The practice of terror serves the true believer not only to cow and crush his opponents but also to invigorate and intensify his own faith.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American writer, philosopher, longshoreman
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, ch. 85 (1951)
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