Quote: Plato on Queer, Vicious, or Perfectly Useless Philosophers

Of all those who start out on philosophy—not those who take it up for the sake of getting educated when they are young and then drop it, but those who linger in it for a longer time—most become quite queer, not to say completely vicious; while the ones who seem perfectly decent … become useless

Plato Republic (487C-D)

Democritus by Johannes Moreelse (around 1630) | Centraal Museum
A Philosopher (1720s) Etching by Paul Troger | National Gallery of Art
“Diogenes” by Strathmann | The New York Public Library Digital Collections (1923)



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