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[320c] naturally belongs to those who profess to hold them in honor.

Now the point of this remark is plain; but none the less it is right that we should remind ourselves that it behoves certain persons (who these are of course you know)1 to surpass the rest of mankind as if they were less than children.2 It is, therefore, incumbent upon us to show plainly that we are the sort of men we claim to be, and that all the more because (God willing) it will be an easy task. For whereas all other men find it necessary to wander far afield

1 The persons meant are Plato's own pupils and Dion's political supporters.

2 For this (perhaps proverbial) phrase (cf. “no better than a child”) cf. Plat. Phaedrus 279a.

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