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[7] For instance, if a man imagines himself to be so tall as to stoop when he goes through the gateways in the Wall, or so strong as to try to lift houses or to perform any other feat that everybody knows to be impossible, they say he's mad. They don't think a slight error implies madness, but just as they call strong desire love, so they name a great delusion madness.”1

1 The last sentence cannot imply that Socrates thought self-ignorance “a slight error,” but must be merely a further elucidation of popular nomenclature. But it comes very awkwardly here.

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