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You are perfectly right.Athenian
Let us, then, bear in mind the things we mentioned a moment ago; for probably we shall need them all presently.Clinias
What are the things you bid us remember?Athenian
Those we distinguished by the three terms we used: we spoke, you recollect, of eating, secondly of drinking, and [783d] thirdly of sexual excitement.Clinias
We shall certainly remember the things you now bid us, Stranger.Athenian
Very good. Let us now come to the nuptials, so as to instruct them how and in what manner they ought to produce children, and, if we fail to persuade them, to threaten them by certain laws.Clinias
The bride and bridegroom must set their minds to produce for the State children of the greatest possible goodness and beauty. [783e] All people that are partners in any action produce results that are fair and good whensoever they apply their minds to themselves and the action, but the opposite results when either they have no minds or fail to apply them. The bridegroom, therefore, shall apply his mind both to the bride and to the work of procreation, and the bride shall do likewise, especially during the period when they have no children yet born.
1 The soul is in a “diseased” state when wholly dominated by any irrational desire or passion.
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