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[381a] “Certainly.” “And is it not the soul that is bravest and most intelligent, that would be least disturbed1 and altered by any external affection?” “Yes.” “And, again, it is surely true of all composite implements, edifices, and habiliments, by parity of reasoning, that those which are well made and in good condition are least liable to be changed by time and other influences.” “That is so.” “It is universally2 true, then, that that which is in the best state by nature or

1 ταράξειε suggests the ἀταραξία of the sage in the later schools.

2 πᾶν δή generalizes from the preceding exhaustive enumeration of cases. Cf. 382 E, Parmenides 139 A.

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