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[122] 54. "It is this purity of soul, no doubt, that explains that famous utterance which history attributes to Socrates and which his disciples in their books often represent him as repeating: 'There is some divine influence'—δαιμόνιον, he called it— 'which I always obey, though it never urges me on, but often holds me back.' And it was the same Socrates—and what better authority can we quote? —who was consulted by Xenophon1 as to whether he should join Cyrus. Socrates, after stating what seemed to him the best thing to do, remarked: ' But my opinion is only that of a man. In matters of doubt and perplexity I advise that Apollo's oracle be consulted.' This oracle was always consulted by the Athenians in regard to the more serious public questions.

1 Cf. Xen. Anab. iii. 1. 4.

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