"You're a dreadful sceptic
, prince," he continued, after a moment's silence.
Some lesser points of the dialogue may be noted, such as (1) the acute observation that Meno prefers the familiar definition, which is embellished with poetical language, to the better and truer one; or (2) the shrewd reflection, which may admit of an application to modern as well as to ancient teachers, that the Sophists having made large fortunes; this must surely be a criterion of their powers of teaching, for that no man could get a living by shoemaking who was not a good shoemaker; or (3) the remark conveyed, almost in a word, that the verbal sceptic
is saved the labour of thought and enquiry (ouden dei to toiouto zeteseos).
Being no sceptic
, but a moral creature, he was in a manner at the mercy of his righteous passions.
Socrates is nowhere represented to us as a freethinker or sceptic
. There is no reason to doubt his sincerity when he speculates on the possibility of seeing and knowing the heroes of the Trojan war in another world.
To satisfy himself that this spot was really the centre of the earth, a sceptic
once paid well for the privilege of ascending to the dome of the church to see if the sun gave him a shadow at noon.
Later in life he became a philosophic sceptic
. In Lausanne he fell in love with the girl who later actually married M.
Nevertheless, whatever a sceptic
might urge in theory, we cannot practically doubt that we got up this morning, that we did various things yesterday, that a great war has been taking place, and so on.
Not that in this I imitated the sceptics
who doubt only that they may doubt, and seek nothing beyond uncertainty itself; for, on the contrary, my design was singly to find ground of assurance, and cast aside the loose earth and sand, that I might reach the rock or the clay.
As the liquor diffused a pleasant perfume, the old people doubted not that it possessed cordial and comfortable properties; and though utter sceptics
as to its rejuvenescent power, they were inclined to swallow it at once.
This conclusive observation appeared to dissipate all the doubts of Gringoire and the other sceptics
in the audience.
and halfpenny philosophers, why do you halt half-way!"
Previous to the opening of the season sceptics
had shaken their heads over the Wednesday's chances in the First League.