Socrates On Going to School With the Boys

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Socrates

Every one of us should seek out the best teacher whom we can find, first for ourselves, who are greatly in need of one, and then for the youth, regardless of expense or anything. But I cannot advise that we remain as we are. And if any one laughs at us for going to school at our age, I would quote to them the authority of Homer, who says that

Modesty is not good for a needy man.

Let us, then, regardless of what may be said of us, make the education of the youth our own education.

Source: Socrates, as quoted in “Ethics: The Study of Moral Values,” by Mortimer J. Adler and Seymour Cain, p. 9, 1962.