“Virtue doesn’t come from money, but money and all other good things come from virtue to men both in private and in public.”
‘Οὐκ ἐκ χρημάτων ἀρετὴ γίγνεται, ἀλλ’ ἐξ ἀρετῆς χρήματα καὶ τὰ ἄλλα ἀγαθὰ τοῖς ἀνθρώποις ἅπαντα καὶ ἰδίᾳ καὶ δημοσίᾳ.’
Socrates says that this is one of the things he went around saying, which made him annoying to people and resulted in his capitol charges. Unfortunately, this seems to be one area in which Socrates assertion runs against our current reality (certainly, virtue still doesn’t come from money, but that doesn’t mean the converse is true…)
One thought on “Plato, Apology 30b: Socrates’ Words on Virtue and Wealth”
If money does not come from virtue, it cannot be classified among “good things”, but rather means of ruin. So Socrates is right either way.