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SOCRATES AND HIS HOUSE
THERE once lived in Greece a very wise man whose name
was Socrates. Young men from all parts of the land
went to him to learn wisdom from
 him; and he said so many pleasant things, and said them in
so delightful a way, that no one ever grew tired of
listening to him.
One summer he built himself a house, but it was so small
that his neighbors wondered how he could be content with
"What is the reason," said they, "that you, who are so
great a man, should build such a little box as this for
your dwelling house?"
"Indeed, there may be little reason," said he;
"but, small as the place is, I shall think myself happy if
I can fill even it with true friends."