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[59e] if anyone were to say that we are like artisans, with the materials before us from which to create our work, the simile would be a good one.

Protarchus
Certainly.

Socrates
And is it, then, our next task to try to make the mixture?

Protarchus
Surely.

Socrates
Would it not be better first to repeat certain things and recall them to our minds?

Protarchus
What things?

Socrates
Those which we mentioned before. I think the proverb “we ought to repeat twice and even three times that which is good”


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