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I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.

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Source Notes: Source: 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 , trans. F. J. Church, p. 61 : 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.

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