False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

τὸ μὴ καλῶς λέγειν οὐ μόνον εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο πλημμελές, ἀλλὰ καὶ κακόν τι ἐμποιεῖ ταῖς ψυχαῖς.


Quoted in Phaedo, by Plato

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Socrates. Quoted in Φαίδων [Phaedo], written by Plato. c. 360 BC.

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Socrates. Quoted in "Phaedo." Plato: Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, written by Plato, translated by G. M. A. Grube and John M. Cooper. Hackett Publishing, 2002.