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[278d] to derive his title from such writings, but from the serious pursuit which underlies them.

Phaedrus
What titles do you grant them then?

Socrates
I think, Phaedrus, that the epithet “wise” is too great and befits God alone; but the name “philosopher,” that is, “lover of wisdom,” or something of the sort would be more fitting and modest for such a man.

Phaedrus
And quite appropriate.

Socrates
On the other hand, he who has nothing more valuable than the things he has composed or written, turning his words up and down at his leisure,


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