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“Xenophon’s defense of Socrates is too successful. He would never have been put to death if he had been like that.” – Greek Philosophy: Thales to Plato (1914) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “There has been a tendency to think that everything Xenophon says must be true, because he had not the wits to think of anything untrue. This is a very invalid line of argument. A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says is never accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something that he can understand. I would rather be reported by my bitterest enemy among philosophers than by a friend innocent of philosophy. We cannot therefore accept what Xenophon says if it either involves any difficult point in philosophy or is part of an argument to prove that Socrates was unjustly condemned.” – History of Western Philosophy (1945) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Painting: “Fish in a Whirlpool,” Kawanabe Kyōsai (c.1887): N!MBLE QUOTES A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something that he can understand. Bertrand Russell NIMBLE NEWS NETWORK “Xenophon’s defense of Socrates is too successful. He would never have been put to death if he had been like that.” – Greek Philosophy: Thales to Plato (1914) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “There has been a tendency to think that everything Xenophon says must be true, because he had not the wits to think of anything untrue. This is a very invalid line of argument. A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says is never accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something that he can understand. I would rather be reported by my bitterest enemy among philosophers than by a friend innocent of philosophy. We cannot therefore accept what Xenophon says if it either involves any difficult point in philosophy or is part of an argument to prove that Socrates was unjustly condemned.” – History of Western Philosophy (1945) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Painting: “Fish in a Whirlpool,” Kawanabe Kyōsai (c.1887)

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