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[540d] “Well, then,” said I, “do you admit that our notion of the state and its polity is not altogether a daydream,1 but that though it is difficult,2 it is in a way possible3 and in no other way than that described—when genuine philosophers,4 many or one, becoming masters of the state scorn5 the present honors, regarding them as illiberal and worthless, but prize the right6

1 Cf. on 450 D and 499 C.

2 Cf. 499 D.

3 Cf. What Plato Said, p. 564 on Rep. 472 B-E, and p. 65, not h, on 499 D.

4 Cf. 463 C-D, 499 B-C.

5 Cf. 521 B, 516 C-D.

6 τὸ ὀρθόν: Cf. Theaet. 161 C, Meno 99 A.

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