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Clement on How The Multitude Measure

The majority of people, wise in their own estimation, follow minstrels and make use of laws, knowing that many are bad, few good; but that the best pursue glory: for the best make choice of the everlasting glory of men above all. But the multitude cram themselves like brutes, measuring happiness by the belly and the pudenda [sexual organs], and the basest things in us.

Clement quoting Plato’s Ion in the Clement’s Stramata volume V (ce 182-202)


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