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[12] For as it is, I would rather gaze at Cleinias1 than at all the other beautiful objects in the world. I would rather be blind to all things else than to Cleinias alone. I chafe at both night and sleep because then I do not see him; I feel the deepest gratitude to day and the sun because they reveal Cleinias to me.

1 A young cousin of the brilliant and dissipated Alcibiades.

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