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[258d]

Socrates
Then that is clear to all, that writing speeches is not in itself a disgrace.

Phaedrus
How can it be?

Socrates
But the disgrace, I fancy, consists in speaking or writing not well, but disgracefully and badly.

Phaedrus
Evidently.

Socrates
What, then, is the method of writing well or badly? Do we want to question Lysias about this, and anyone else who ever has written or will write anything, whether a public or private document, in verse or in prose, be he poet or ordinary man?


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