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[400e] and good rhythm wait upon good disposition, not that weakness of head which we euphemistically style goodness of heart, but the truly good and fair disposition of the character and the mind.1” “By all means,” he said. “And must not our youth pursue these everywhere2 if they are to do what it is truly theirs to do3?” “They must indeed.” “And there is surely much of these qualities in painting

1 Plato recurs to the etymological meaning of εὐήθεια. Cf. on 343 C.

2 The Ruskinian and Wordsworthian generalization is extended from music to all the fine arts, including, by the way, architecture (οἰκοδομία), which Butcher (Aristotle's Theory of Poetry, p. 138) says is ignored by Plato and Aristotle.

3 Their special task is to cultivate true εὐήθεια in their souls. For τὸ αὑτῶν πράττειν here cf. 443 C-D.

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