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[127e] at fifty, it would be hard for you to take pains with yourself; whereas here you are at the time of life when one ought to perceive it.

Then what should one do on perceiving it, Socrates?

Answer the questions asked, Alcibiades: only do that, and with Heaven's favor—if we are to put any trust in my divination—you and I shall both be in better case.

That shall be, so far as my answering can avail.

Come then, what is “taking pains over oneself”—

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