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[293b] Would you rather, Socrates, that I instructed you as to this knowledge which has baffled you all this while, or propound that you have it?

0 gifted sir, I exclaimed, and have you the power to do this?

Certainly I have, he replied.

Then for Heaven's sake, I cried, propound that I have it! This will be much easier than learning foraman of my age.

Come then, answer me this, he said: Do you know anything?

Yes, indeed, I replied. and many things, though trifles.

That is enough, he said; now do you think it possible that anything that is should not be just that which it actually is?

On my soul, not I.


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