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[492e] will prevail in opposition to these?” “None, I fancy,” said he. “No,” said I, “the very attempt1 is the height of folly. For there is not, never has been and never will be,2 a divergent type of character and virtue created by an education running counter to theirs3—humanly speaking, I mean, my friend; for the divine, as the proverb says, all rules fail.4 And you may be sure that, if anything is saved and turns out well

1 Cf. Protag. 317 A-B, Soph. 239 C, Laws 818 D.

2 Cf. Od. xvi. 437. See Friedländer, Platon, ii. 386 n. who says ἀλλοῖον γίγνεσθαι can only =ἀλλοιοῦσθαι, “be made different.”

3 Cf. 429 C for the idiom, and Laws 696 Aοὐ γὰρ μή ποτε γένηται παῖς καὶ ἀνὴρ καὶ γέρων ἐκ ταύτης τῆς τροφῆς διαφέρων πρὸς ἀρετήν.

4 Cf. Symp. 176 C (of Socrates), Phaedr. 242 B, Theaet. 162 D-E.

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