Socrates on Gossip (or Power of Speech)
A One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do
you know what I just heard about Diogenes?"
"That's right," Socrates continued, "Before you talk to me about Diogenes
let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. The first filter is
Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is
"All right," said Socrates, "So you don't really know if it's true or not.
Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are
about to tell me about Diogenes something good?"
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, "You may still
pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of
usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to
"Well," concluded Socrates, "If what you want to tell me is neither True nor
Good nor even Useful, then why do you want to tell it to me or to anyone at
This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such
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