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[644b] and that one should in no case disparage education, since it stands first among the finest gifts that are given to the best men; and if ever it errs from the right path, but can be put straight again, to this task every man, so long as he lives, must address himself with all his might.

Clinias
You are right, and we agree with what you say.

Athenian
Further, we agreed long ago that if men are capable of ruling themselves, they are good, but if incapable, bad.

Clinias
Quite true.

Athenian
Let us, then, re-state more clearly

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