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[536d] 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 philosophers.

2 This and παίζοντας below (537 A) anticipate much modern Kindergarten rhetoric.

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