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[696b] beyond what your original oracle1 declared at the bidding of some god. Nor indeed is it right that pre-eminent honors in a State should be conferred on a man because he is specially wealthy, any more than it is right to confer them because he is swift or comely or strong without any virtue, or with a virtue devoid of temperance.

Megillus
What do you mean by that, Stranger?

Athenian
Courage is, presumably, one part of virtue.

Megillus
Certainly.

Athenian
Now that you have heard the argument, judge for yourself whether you would welcome as housemate or neighbor a man who is extremely courageous, but licentious rather than temperate.

1 The laws of Lycurgus.

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