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[626e]

Athenian
What is your meaning, my admirable sir?

Clinias
It is just in this war, my friend, that the victory over self is of all victories the first and best while self-defeat is of all defeats at once the worst and the most shameful. For these phrases signify that a war against self exists within each of us.1

Athenian
Now let us take the argument back in the reverse direction. Seeing that individually each of us is partly superior to himself

1 Cp. Plat. Rep. 430e ff.: Proverbs xiv 32.

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