The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:|
geniuses, without at any rate a well-laid foundation of self-
control. For those who possessed such abilities without these same
saving virtues would, he believed, only become worse men with greater
power for mischief. His first object was to instil into those who were
with him a wise spirit in their relation to the gods. That such was
the tenor of his conversation in dealing with men may be seen from the
narratives of others who were present on some particular occasion.
I confine myself to a particular discussion with Euthydemus at which I
 Or, "as speakers" (see ch. vi. below), "and men of action" (see
ch. v. below), "or as masters of invention" (see ch. vii. below).