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Nonsense! If he were praising your running and said he had never met any young man who was so good a runner, and then you were beaten in a race by a full grown man who held the record, do you think his praise would be any less truthful?

Why, no.

And do you think that the discovery of knowledge, as I was just now saying, is a small matter and not a task for the very ablest men?

By Zeus, I think it is a task for the very ablest.

Then you must have confidence in yourself, and believe that Theodorus is right,

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