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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1404
AUTHOR:Socrates (469–399 B.C.)
QUOTATION:I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
ATTRIBUTION:Attributed to SOCRATES, but unverified in his writings or in interpretive writings about him. Possibly this is an interpretation of a passage from Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates (The Apology), trans. F. J. Church, p. 61 (1880, reprinted 1972): “I do not venture to come forward in the assembly, and take part in public councils…. For, Athenians, it is quite certain that if I had attempted to take part in politics, I should have perished at once and long ago, without doing any good either to you or to myself. And do not be vexed with me for telling the truth.”
SUBJECTS:Politicians
 
 
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