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[494d] and thereupon exalt himself, haughty of mien and stuffed with empty pride and void of sense1 “He surely will,” he said. “And if to a man in this state of mind2 someone gently3 comes and tells him what is the truth, that he has no sense and sorely needs it, and that the only way to get it is to work like a slave4 to win it, do you think it will be easy for him to lend an ear5 to the quiet voice in the midst of and in spite of these evil surroundings6 “Far from it,” said he. “And even supposing,” said I, “that owing to a fortunate disposition and his affinity for the words of admonition

1 ὑψηλὸν ἐξαρεῖν, etc., seems to be a latent poetic quotation.

2 Or perhaps “subject to these influences.” Adam says it is while he is sinking into this condition.

3 Cf. Vol. I. on 476 E. Cf. 533 D, Protag. 333 E, Phaedo 83 A, Crat. 413 A, Theaet. 154. E.

4 Cf. Phaedo 66 C, Symp. 184 C, Euthydem. 282 B.

5 Cf. Epin. 990 A, Epist. vii. 330 A-B.

6 Cf. Alc. I. 135 E.

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