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[238c] that strives toward the right, and which is led away toward the enjoyment of beauty and again is strongly forced by the desires that are kindred to itself toward personal beauty, when it gains the victory, takes its name from that very force, and is called love.1 Well, my dear Phaedrus, does it seem to you, as it does to me, that I am inspired?

Certainly, Socrates, you have an unusual fluency.

Then listen to me in silence; for truly

1 This somewhat fanciful statement is based on a supposed etymological connection betweenἔρωςandῥώμη, ἐρρωμένως, ῥωσθεῖσα.

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