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Laches
I do: it seems to be the seers whom he calls the courageous: for who else can know for which of us it is better to be alive than dead? And yet, Nicias, do you avow yourself to be a seer, or to be neither a seer nor courageous?

Nicias
What! Is it now a seer, think you, who has the gift of judging what is to be dreaded and what to be dared?

Laches
That is my view: who else could it be?

Nicias
Much rather the man of whom I speak, my dear sir: for the seer's business is to judge only the signs of what is yet to come—whether a man is to meet with death or disease or loss of property,


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