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[989d] but truly honoring virtue, which indeed is the most important of all business for the whole state. That section1 of us, then, we say is naturally the most competent, and supremely able to learn the best and noblest lessons that it may be taught: but it cannot get this teaching either, unless God gives his guidance. If, however, it should be so taught, but should fail in some way to do accordingly, it were better for it not to learn. Nevertheless it follows of necessity from our present statements, that I agree that the nature which is of this kind, and the best, should learn certain things.

1 i.e. those who possess the“natural gifts”mentioned in 989 B.

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