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If any hold the opinion expressed in some written and spoken criticisms of Socrates that are based on inference, and think, that though he was consummate in exhorting men to virtue, he was an incompetent guide to it, let them consider not only the searching cross-examination with which he chastised those who thought themselves omniscient,1 but his daily talks with his familiar friends, and then judge whether he was capable of improving his companions.

1 Sophists.

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