Socrates on Love


‘By Herakles!’ Said Xenophon ‘What awesome power you attribute to a kiss!’
‘And this amazes you?’ said Socrates. ‘Don’t you know’, he said, ‘that scorpions, even though they are no bigger than half-obol’s size, when they merely touch one’s mouth wear humans down with gut-wrenching pains and deprive them of their good sense?’
‘Yes, by god,’ said Xenophon. ‘The reason is that scorpions have some poison in their bite.’
‘You foolish one!’ said Socrates. ‘Don’t you think that beautiful boys also have some poison in their love, which you don’t see? Don’t you know that this beast which they call “the beautiful boy in the prime of youth”, is so much more dangerous than scorpions because scorpions at least have to touch whereas this beast can poison from a distance?…
But I advise you, Xenophon, whenever you see some beautiful boy, to flee with all speed.’

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