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[53c] however small or infrequent, if uncontaminated with pain, is pleasanter and more beautiful than a great or often repeated pleasure without purity.

Protarchus
Most certainly; and the example is sufficient.

Socrates
Here is another point. Have we not often heard it said of pleasure that it is always a process or generation and that there is no state or existence of pleasure? There are some clever people who try to prove this theory to us, and we ought to be grateful to them.

Protarchus
Well, what then?

Socrates
I will explain this whole matter, Protarchus,


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