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[4] yet they do not occupy themselves with the most vital part of philosophy. Those, on the contrary, who point out to the young, not by what means they may cultivate skill in oratory, but how they may win repute as men of sound character, are rendering a greater service1 to their hearers in that, while the former exhort them to proficiency in speech, the latter improve their moral conduct.2

1 Hermogenes, Περὶ μεθόδου δεινότητος, 25, refers to this introduction as an example of inoffensive self-laudation in the orators.

2 For Isocrates' insistence on right conduct as the end of education see Introduction, p. xxv.

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