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[135a] but with a despot's power which prevents anyone from even reproving him—what will be the result? Will not his health, in all likelihood, be shattered?

Alcibiades
That is true.

Socrates
Again, in a ship, if a man were at liberty to do what he chose, but were devoid of mind and excellence in navigation, do you perceive what must happen to him and his fellow-sailors?

Alcibiades
I do: they must all perish.

Socrates
And in just the same way, if a state, or any office or authority, is lacking in excellence or virtue,


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