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[340d] and many others might say with Hesiod that to become good is hard, ““for Heaven hath set hard travail on the way to virtue; and when one reacheth the summit thereof, 'tis an easy thing to possess, though hard before.””Hes. WD 289

When Prodicus heard this he gave me his approval: but Protagoras observed: Your correction, Socrates, contains an error greater than that which you are correcting.

To which I answered: then it is a bad piece of work I have done, it would seem, Protagoras, and I am an absurd sort of physician;

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