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[292d]

Younger Socrates
Yes, indeed; it cannot be otherwise.

Stranger
Necessarily, then, our present duty is to inquire in which, if any, of these forms of government is engendered the science of ruling men, which is about the greatest of sciences and the most difficult to acquire. We must discover that in order to see what men are to be distinguished from the wise king—men, I mean, who pretend to be, and make many believe that they are, statesmen, but are really not such at all.

Younger Socrates
Yes, we must do this; that is implied in what was said before.


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