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[499b] “For this cause and foreseeing this, we then despite our fears1 declared under compulsion of the truth2 that neither city nor polity nor man either will ever be perfected until some chance compels this uncorrupted remnant of philosophers, who now bear the stigma of uselessness, to take charge of the state whether they wish it or not, and constrains the citizens to obey them, or else until by some divine inspiration3 a genuine passion for true philosophy takes possession4

1 Cf. on 489 A.

2 Cf. Aristot.Met. 984 b 10, 984 a 19.

3 Cf. Laws 757 E. But we must not attribute personal superstition to Plato. See What Plato Said, index, s.v. Superstition.

4 Cf. Laws 711 D, Thuc. vi. 24. 3; so iv. 4. 1ὁρμὴ ἐπέπεσε.

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