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[491d] These are the persons who ought to rule our cities, and justice means this—that these should have more than other people, the rulers than the ruled.

Socrates
How so? Than themselves, my friend?

Callicles
What do you mean?

Socrates
I mean that every man is his own ruler; or is there no need of one's ruling oneself, but only of ruling others?

Callicles
What do you mean by one who rules himself?

Socrates
Nothing recondite; merely what most people mean—one who is temperate and self-mastering, ruler of the pleasures and desires


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