Away, then, with questioners of this sort (for
their whole tribe is wicked and ungodly), who stop
to consider whether to pursue the course which they
see is morally right or to stain their hands with what
they know is crime. For there is guilt in their very
deliberation, even though they never reach the performance of the deed itself. Those actions, therefore, should not be considered at all, the mere consideration of which is itself morally wrong.
Furthermore, in any such consideration we must1
banish any vain hope and thought that our action
may be covered up and kept secret. For if we have
only made some real progress in the study of philosophy, we ought to be quite convinced that, even
though we may escape the eyes of gods and men,
we must still do nothing that savours of greed or
of injustice, of lust or of intemperance.