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And does not the same rule, my excellent friend, apply to the soul? So long as it is in a bad state—thoughtless, licentious, unjust and unholy—we must restrain its desires and not permit it to do anything except what will help it to be better: do you grant this, or not?

I do.

For thus, I take it, the soul itself is better off?

To be sure.

And is restraining a person from what he desires correcting him?


Then correction is better for the soul than uncorrected licence, as you were thinking just now.

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