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[127e] at fifty, it would be hard for you to take pains with yourself; whereas here you are at the time of life when one ought to perceive it.

Alcibiades
Then what should one do on perceiving it, Socrates?

Socrates
Answer the questions asked, Alcibiades: only do that, and with Heaven's favor—if we are to put any trust in my divination—you and I shall both be in better case.

Alcibiades
That shall be, so far as my answering can avail.

Socrates
Come then, what is “taking pains over oneself”—


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