it would require more leisure than any other business
and the greatest science and training.” “I think
so,” said he. “Does it not also require a nature adapted
to that very pursuit?” “Of course.”
“It becomes our task, then, it seems, if we are able, to select
which and what kind of natures are suited for the guardianship of a
state.” “Yes, ours.” “Upon my
word,” said I, “it is no light task that we have taken
upon ourselves. But we must not faint
Plato. Plato in Twelve Volumes, Vols. 5 & 6 translated by Paul Shorey. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1969.
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