Socrates was mostly re-quoted by Plato and others and never actually left writings of his own, nevertheless and applicable to all, this quote is quite powerful if applied in the workplace, small business or educational institution.
One day Socrates was approached by a man who wanted to tell him something about a friend who …
Socrates interrupted him and asked him if he had put the story through three sieves.
The first one is of truth – is what he was about to tell him true? The man said that he had overheard it.
The second one is of goodness – is what he was about to tell him good? The man said that it was on the contrary.
The third one is of necessity – is what he was about to tell him necessary for him to know? The main said no.
So Socrates responded “If the story you’re about to tell me isn’t true, isn’t good and isn’t necessary, just forget it and don’t bother me with it” – Socrates
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