I should say to him, 'Here is a man who is wiser than I am; but you said that I was the wisest.' Accordingly I went to one who had the reputation of wisdom, and observed him--his name I need not mention; he was a politician whom I selected for examination--and the result was as follows: When I began to talk with him, I could not help thinking that he was not really wise, although he was thought wise by many, and still wiser by himself; and thereupon I tried to explain to him that he thought himself wise, but was not really wise; and the consequence was that he hated me, and his enmity was shared by several who were present and heard me.
Then I went to one man after another, being not unconscious of the enmity which I provoked, and I lamented and feared this: but necessity was laid upon me,--the word of God, I thought, ought to be considered first.
But I do not allege this as the reason, for I had the same feeling for Pope, who was not like either of them.
I will not pretend that I was insensible to the grossness of the poet's time, which I found often enough in the poet's verse, as well as the goodness of his nature, and my father seems to have felt a certain misgiving about it.
Then I certainly ought not
to shrink from going through with the argument so long as I have reason to think that you, Thrasymachus, are speaking your real mind; for I do believe that you are now in earnest and are not
amusing yourself at our expense.
CRITO: I come to bring you a message which is sad and painful; not
, as I believe, to yourself, but to all of us who are your friends, and saddest of all to me.
The three others still continued together, walking in a most uncomfortable manner to poor Catherine; sometimes not
a word was said, sometimes she was again attacked with supplications or reproaches, and her arm was still linked within Isabella's, though their hearts were at war.
Sometimes, however, reciprocity of correlation does not
appear to exist.
SOCRATES: I have not
a good memory, Meno, and therefore I cannot now tell what I thought of him at the time.
Now I say that those dominions which, when acquired, are added to an ancient state by him who acquires them, are either of the same country and language, or they are not
. When they are, it is easier to hold them, especially when they have not
been accustomed to self- government; and to hold them securely it is enough to have destroyed the family of the prince who was ruling them; because the two peoples, preserving in other things the old conditions, and not
being unlike in customs, will live quietly together, as one has seen in Brittany, Burgundy, Gascony, and Normandy, which have been bound to France for so long a time: and, although there may be some difference in language, nevertheless the customs are alike, and the people will easily be able to get on amongst themselves.
Gay, volatile and giddy -- is he not
? And little given to thinking.
After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not
because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest.