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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2506
AUTHOR:John Milton (1608–1674)
QUOTATION:But all was false and hollow; though his tongue
Dropp’d manna, and could make the worse appear
The better reason, 1 to perplex and dash
Maturest counsels.
ATTRIBUTION:Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 112.
 
Note 1.
Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule…as making the worse appear the better reason.—Diogenes Laertius: Socrates, v. [back]
 

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