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[309e] and would it not then be most ready to partake of justice? And without it, does it not incline more towards brutality?

Younger Socrates
Yes, of course.

Stranger
And again if the decorous nature partakes of these opinions, does it not become truly self-restrained and wise, so far as the state is concerned, and if it lacks participation in such qualities, does it not very justly receive the shameful epithet of simpleton?

Younger Socrates
Certainly.

Stranger
Then can we say that such interweaving and binding together of the bad with the bad or of the good with the bad ever becomes enduring, or that any science would ever seriously make use of it in uniting such persons?

Younger Socrates
Of course not.


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