that growing old a man is able to learn
many things. He is less able to do that than to run a race. To the young1 belong all heavy and frequent labors.”
“Necessarily,” he said.“Now, all this study of reckoning and geometry and all the
preliminary studies that are indispensable preparation for dialectics must be
presented to them while still young, not in the form of compulsory
instruction.2” “Why so?”
“Because,” said I,
1 Cf. Theaet. 146 B. This has been
misquoted to the effect that Plato said the young are the best
2 This and παίζοντας below (537 A) anticipate much modern Kindergarten
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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