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[129a]

Alcibiades
Impossible.

Socrates
Well, and is it an easy thing to know oneself, and was it a mere scamp who inscribed these words on the temple at Delphi; or is it a hard thing, and not a task for anybody?

Alcibiades
I have often thought, Socrates, that it was for anybody; but often, too, that it was very hard.

Socrates
But, Alcibiades, whether it is easy or not, here is the fact for us all the same: if we have that knowledge, we are like to know what pains to take over ourselves; but if we have it not, we never can.

Alcibiades
That is so.


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