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The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates

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Author: Xenophon
Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,236 / 163 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 43.2
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 5,294
Added to site: 2006.01.11 11989
Genre: Philosophy

Translated by Henry Morley, from the 1722 work of Edward Bysshe.

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that method to be an advantage to health, and proper to unbend and divert the mind. In his clothes he was neither nice nor costly; and what I say of his clothes ought likewise to be understood of his whole way of living. Never any of his friends became covetous in his conversation, and he reclaimed them from that sordid disposition, as well as from all others; for he would accept of no gratuity from any who desired to confer with him, and said that was the way to discover a noble and generous heart, and that they who take rewards betray a meanness of soul, and sell their own persons, because they impose on themselves a necessity of instructing those from whom they receive a salary. He wondered, likewise, why a man, who promises to teach virtue, should ask money; as if he believed not the greatest of all gain to consist in the acquisition of a good friend, or, as if he feared, that he who, by his means, should become virtuous, and be obliged to him for so great a benefit, would not be sufficiently grateful



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