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[437e] is attached1 to the thirst it would further render the desire—a desire of cold, and if cold of hot? But if owing to the presence of muchness the thirst is much it would render it a thirst for much and if little for little. But mere thirst will never be desire of anything else than that of which it is its nature to be, mere drink,2 and so hunger of food.” “That is so,” he said; “each desire in itself is of that thing only of which it is its nature to be. The epithets belong to the quality—such or such.3

1 προσῇ denotes that the “presence” is an addition. Cf.προσείη in Parmenides 149 E.

2 Philebus 35 A adds a refinement not needed here, that thirst is, strictly speaking, a desire for repletion by drink.

3 Cf. 429 B. But (the desires) of such or such a (specific) drink are (due to) that added qualification (of the thirst).

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