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[267b] by the power of their words, and new things old and old things the reverse, and who invented conciseness of speech and measureless length on all subjects? And once when Prodicus heard these inventions, he laughed, and said that he alone had discovered the art of proper speech, that discourses should be neither long nor short, but of reasonable length.

Phaedrus
O Prodicus! How clever!

Socrates
And shall we not mention Hippias, our friend from Elis? I think he would agree with him.

Phaedrus
Oh yes.


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