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[732c] wherefore men must be restrained from untimely laughter and tears,1 and every individual, as well as the whole State, must charge every man to try to conceal all show of extreme joy or sorrow, and to behave himself seemly, alike in good fortune and in evil, according as each man's Genius2 ranges itself,—hoping always that God will diminish the troubles that fall upon them by the blessings which he bestows, and will change for the better

1 Cp.Plat. Rep. 388e f., Plat. Rep. 606c ff.

2 i.e. divine controlling force, or destiny.

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