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From "Dion," by Plutarch
translated by A.H. Clough

       At this their meeting, the subject-matter of their discourse in 

general was human virtue, but, more particularly, they disputed 

concerning fortitude, which Plato proved tyrants, of all men, had the 

least pretense to; and thence proceeding to treat of justice, asserted 

the happy estate of the just, and the miserable condition of the unjust; 

arguments which Dionysius would not hear out, but, feeling himself, as

it were, convicted by his words, and much displeased to see the rest 

of the auditors full of admiration for the speaker and captivated with 

his doctrine, at last, exceedingly exasperated, he asked the 

philosopher in a rage, what business he had in Sicily. To which Plato 

answered, "I came to seek a virtuous man." "It seems then," replied 

Dionysius, "you have lost your labor."