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[296a] testify for us that this is so, but especially political affairs; for in political affairs and in one's own state to be powerful is the most beautiful of all things, but to be powerless is the most disgraceful of all.

Good! Then, for Heaven's sake, Hippias, is wisdom also for this reason the most beautiful of all things and ignorance the most disgraceful of all things?

Well, what do you suppose, Socrates?

Just keep quiet, my dear friend; I am so afraid and wondering what in the world we are saying again.

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