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[604b] that exhorts him to resist, while that which urges him to give way to his grief is the bare feeling itself?” “True.” “And where there are two opposite impulses1 in a man at the same time about the same thing we say that there must needs be two things2 in him.” “Of course.” “And is not the one prepared to follow the guidance of the law as the law leads and directs?” “How so?” “The law, I suppose, declares that it is best to keep quiet as far as possible in calamity and not to chafe and repine, because we cannot know what is really good and evil in such things3 and it advantages us nothing to take them hard,

1 Cf. Laws 645 A, Phaedr. 238 C, and for the conflict in the soul also Rep. 439 B ff.

2 The conflict proves that for practical purposes the soul has parts. Cf. 436 B ff.

3 Cf. Apology, in fine.

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