The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:|
presume, and falling into error, be punished." And to the suggestion
that the tyrant could, if he liked, cut off the head of the man of
wisdom, his answer was: "Do you think that he who destroys his best
ally will go scot free, or suffer a mere slight and passing loss? Is
he more likely to secure his salvation that way, think you, or to
compass his own swift destruction?"
 Or, "Is that to choose the path of safety, think you? Is it not
rather to sign his own death-warrent?" L. Dind. cf. Hesiod, "Works
and Days," 293. See Newman, op. cit. i. 393-397.
When some one asked him: "What he regarded as the best pursuit or
business for a man?" he answered: "Successful conduct"; and to