On occasion I have seen the following quote attributed to Plato, but I think it is an error that may have begun with a mis-attribution in Elbert Hubbard’s Scrapbook (published in 1923) and which has been passed down through the generations :
“A bad man is wretched amidst every earthly advantage: a good man—troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
I have read through the whole corpus of Plato’s dialogues without coming across anything similar. Further, an internet search turns up nothing of substance.
The quote is almost identical to what we find in Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians;
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
I suspect that Hubbard misunderstood a footnote in Ebenezer Cobham Brewer’s A Guide to Grecian History, Mythology and Literature which was published in 1859 (Period IV Appendix, Section 2.4, page 356). While trying to explain Plato’s moral philosophy Brewer conflated a description of Plato’s anthropology with a quote from Scripture.
I would be very appreciative if anyone can provide any related information.