Plato quote about words from Phaedo - false words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
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false words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
 Plato, Phaedo. copy citation

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Author Plato
Source Phaedo
Topic words evil falsehood
Date
Language English
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Note Translated by Benjamin Jowett
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1658/1658-h/1658-h.htm

Context

“And therefore I want you to be surety for me to him now, as at the trial he was surety to the judges for me: but let the promise be of another sort; for he was surety for me to the judges that I would remain, and you must be my surety to him that I shall not remain, but go away and depart; and then he will suffer less at my death, and not be grieved when he sees my body being burned or buried. I would not have him sorrow at my hard lot, or say at the burial, Thus we lay out Socrates, or, Thus we follow him to the grave or bury him; for false words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Be of good cheer, then, my dear Crito, and say that you are burying my body only, and do with that whatever is usual, and what you think best.
When he had spoken these words, he arose and went into a chamber to bathe; Crito followed him and told us to wait.” source

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