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[77b] whole and sound, and tell me what it is. The pattern you have now got from me.

Well, in my view, Socrates, virtue is, in the poet's words, “to rejoice in things honorable and be able for them”1; and that, I say, is virtue—to desire what is honorable and be able to procure it.

Do you say that he who desires the honorable is desirous of the good?


Implying that there are some who desire the evil, and others the good? Do not all men,

1 Perhaps from Simonides.

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