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[295b] sit beside each person all his life and tell him exactly what is proper for him to do? Certainly anyone who really possessed the kingly science, if he were able to do this, would hardly, I imagine, ever put obstacles in his own way by writing what we call laws.

Younger Socrates
No, at least not according to what has just been said.

Stranger
Or rather, my friend, not according to what is going to be said.

Younger Socrates
What is that?

Stranger
Something of this sort: Let us suppose


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