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[345a] it will be no bad investment1 for you—any benefit that you bestow on such company as this. For I tell you for my part that I am not convinced, neither do I think that injustice is more profitable2 than justice, not even if one gives it free scope and does not hinder it of its will.3 But, suppose, sir, a man to be unjust and to be able to act unjustly either because he is not detected or can maintain it by violence,4 all the same he does not convince me that it is more profitable than justice.

1 κείσεται of an investment perhaps. Cf. Plautus, Rudens 939 “bonis quod bene fit, haud perit.”

2 Isocrates viii. 31 and elsewhere seems to be copying Plato's idea that injustice can never be profitable in the higher sense of the word. Cf. also the proof in the Hipparchus that all true κέρδος is ἀγαθόν.

3 Plato neglects for the present the refinement that the unjust man does not do what he really wishes, since all desire the good. Cf. 438 A, 577 D, and Gorgias 467 B.

4 Cf. 365 D.

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