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[345c] is that it is impossible to be a good man, continuing to be good, but possible to become good, and bad also, in the case of the same person. And then—““Best also for the longest space are they whom the gods love.””Simonides Fr. 37.1.19All this has been said with reference to Pittacus, as is made still plainer by the ensuing verses, in which he says—“Therefore never shall I, in quest of what cannot come to pass, vainly cast my life's lot upon a hope impracticable—of finding a man wholly blameless amongst us who partake of the fruit of the broad-based earth. If I light upon him, be sure I will report it—” Simonides Fr. 37.1.22ff.says he;

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