Category Archives: Ancient Wisdom for Today

False Concepts of “the Good” Held By the Many

This was written almost twenty-five hundred years ago, and yet it seems quite relevant to today. For the things said to be good by the many are not correctly so described. It is said that the the best thing is … Continue reading

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Socrates on Modern American Political Rhetoric

Make your own applications. When many of them are sitting together in assemblies, courts, theaters, army camps, or in some other public gathering of the crowd, they object very loudly and excessively to some of the things that are said … Continue reading

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Excessive Care of the Body

“But excessive care of the body, over and above physical training, is pretty well the biggest obstacle of all [to virtuous living]…wherever this kind of virtue is practiced and examined, excessive care of the body hinders it, for it makes … Continue reading

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Nothing To Excess

“For as a body bred to a good habit requires nothing exquisite either in clothes or food, so a sound man and a sound household keep themselves up with a small matter. Riches ought to be proportioned to the use … Continue reading

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A Mere Image of Virtue

According to Plutarch, many politicians are “…ambitious men, whose minds, doting on glory, which is a mere image of virtue, produce nothing that is genuine or uniform, but only, as might be expected of such a conjunction, misshapen and unnatural … Continue reading

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