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[6] For either through want of sense they form incorrect opinions, or, if their opinions are correct, through viciousness they do not say what they think, or, if they are sensible and good,1 they lack goodwill; wherefore it may happen that they do not give the best advice, although they know what it is. These qualities are all that are necessary, so that the speaker who appears to possess all three will necessarily convince his hearers.

1 ἐπιεικής and σπουδαῖος both = ἀγαθός. In a restricted sense ἐπιεικής is “respectable,” σπουδαῖος “serious.”

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