The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:|
as in war time, or--write his epitaph!"
But there is yet another sore affliction to which the tyrant is
liable, Sinmonides, which I will name to you. It is this. Tyrants no
less than ordinary mortals can distinguish merit. The orderly, the
wise, the just and upright, they freely recognise; but instead of
admiring them, they are afraid of them--the courageous, lest they
should venture something for the sake of freedom; the wise, lest they
invent some subtle mischief; the just and upright, lest the
multitude should take a fancy to be led by them.
 The same epithets occur in Aristoph. "Plut." 89: