The real cost of wickedness

“You see, practically no one takes into account the greatest ‘judgment,’ as it is called, on wrongdoing. This is to grow to resemble men who are evil, and as the resemblance increases, to shun good men and their wholesome conversation and to cut oneself off from them, while seeking to attack oneself to the other kind and keep their company.” (Plato, Laws, 728b-c)