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[261a]

Phaedrus
We have need of these arguments, Socrates. Bring them here and examine their words and their meaning.

Socrates
Come here, then, noble creatures, and persuade the fair young Phaedrus that unless he pay proper attention to philosophy he will never be able to speak properly about anything. And let Phaedrus answer.

Phaedrus
Ask your questions.

Socrates
Is not rhetoric in its entire nature an art which leads the soul by means of words, not only in law courts and the various other public assemblages,


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