and again pass them into
pleasures, testing them much more carefully than men do gold in the fire, to
see if the man remains immune to such witchcraft and preserves his composure
throughout, a good guardian of himself and the culture which he has
received, maintaining the true rhythm and harmony of his being in all those
conditions, and the character that would make him most useful to himself and
to the state. And he who as boy, lad, and man endures the test
Plato. Plato in Twelve Volumes, Vols. 5 & 6 translated by Paul Shorey. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1969.
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