If you are ignorant of [what a Sophist really is], you cannot know to whom you are entrusting your soul—whether it is to something good or to something evil.
When it comes to consideration of how to do well in running the city, which must proceed entirely through justice and soundness of mind, [the Athenians] are right to accept advice from anyone, since it is incumbent on everyone to share in that sort of excellence, or else there can be no city at all.
No intelligent man believes that anybody ever willingly errs or willingly does base and evil deeds; they are well aware that all who do base and evil things to them unwillingly.
Let us hold our discussion together in our own persons, making trial of the truth and of ourselves.
The art of measurement by showing us the truth would have brought our soul into the repose of abiding by the truth, and so would have saved our life.
You, Socrates, began by saying that virtue can't be taught, and now you are insisting on the opposite, trying to show that all things are knowledge, justice, soundness of mind, even courage, from which it would follow that virtue most certainly can be taught.
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