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[89e] a sufficient task.1 But treating it merely as a side-issue, if we follow on the lines of our previous exposition, we may consider the matter and state our conclusions not inaptly in the following terms. We have frequently asserted2 that there are housed within us in three regions three kinds of soul, and that each of these has its own motions; so now likewise we must repeat, as briefly as possible, that the kind which remains in idleness and stays with its own motions; in repose necessarily becomes weakest, whereas the kind which exercises itself becomes strongest;

1 Education is the theme of Rep. vii. and Lawsvii. and xii ad fin.

2 Cf. 69 D, 79 D, 87 A.

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