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[376c] in some sort gentle to friends and familiars he must be by nature a lover of wisdom and of learning?” “Let us so assume,” he replied. “The love of wisdom, then, and high spirit and quickness and strength will be combined for us in the nature of him who is to be a good and true guardian of the state.” “By all means,” he said. “Such, then,” I said, “would be the basis1 of his character. But the rearing of these men and their education, how shall we manage that? And will the consideration of this topic advance us

1 Cf. 343 E.ὑπάρχοι marks the basis of nature as opposed to teaching.

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