By no means; for madness and freedom are incompatible.
"But I would have that happen which appears to
me desirable, however it comes to appear so."
You are mad; you have lost your senses. Do not
you know that freedom is a very beautiful and valuable thing? But for me to choose at random, and
for things to happen agreeably to such a choice, may
be so far from a beautiful thing, as to be of all things
the most undesirable. For how do we proceed in
writing? Do I choose to write the name of Dion
(for instance) as I will? No, but I am taught to be
willing to write it as it ought to be written. And what
is the case in music? The same. And what in every
other art or science? Otherwise, it would be of no
purpose to learn anything if it were to be adapted to
each one's particular humor. Is it, then, only in the
greatest and principal matter, that of freedom, permitted me to desire at random? By no means; but
true instruction is this, - learning to desire that
things should happen as they
for myself, nor my
country, nor my fellow-citizens, nor my friends, to
destroy what constitutes the good citizen and the
" But one will appear not to have set heartily about
the business, if one thus fails."
What, have you again forgotten why you went?
Do you not know that a wise and good man does
nothing for appearance, but everything for the sake
of having acted well?
" What advantage is it, then, to him, to have acted
What advantage is it to one who writes down
the name of Dion without a blunder? The having
" Is there no reward, then? "
Why, do you seek any greater reward for a good
man than the doing what is fair and just? And yet,
at Olympia, you desire nothing else, but think it
enough to be crowned victor. Does it appear to you
so small and worthless a thing to be just, good, and
happy? Besides, being introduced by God into this
Great City [the world], and bound to discharge at this
time the duties of a man, do you still want nurses and
a mamma; and