The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Apology by Xenophon:|
A, 117 D; Aelian, "V. H." i. 16; Heges. "Delph." ap. Athen. xi.
 Diog. Laert. ii. 5. 35, ascribes the remark to Xanthippe, and so
Val. Max. 7. 2, Ext. 1.
Whereupon Socrates, it is said, gently stroked the young man's head:
"Would you have been better pleased, my dear one, to see me put to
death for some just reason rather than unjustly?" and as he spoke he
 See Plat. "Phaed." 89 B, where a similar action is attributed to
Socrates in the case of Phaedo (his beloved disciple). "He stroked
my head and pressed the hair upon my neck--he had a way of playing