THAT THE TRUE GENTLEMAN SHOULD PRACTISE NO MECHANICAL ARTS; BUT RATHER AGRICULTURE AND WAR, AFTER THE EXAMPLE OF THE KINGS OF PERSIA, AND OF CYRUS.
BUT why need you show me them all, Socrates? said Critobulus: for neither do we want to get men who are fair hands at all the arts alike, nor can one man become an adept in all. No; those arts which are thought the noblest, and which would be most suitable for me to engage in, are what I would have you show me, together with those who practise them; and in this, as far as you can, let me have the advantage of your teaching.
Well said, Critobulus! exclaimed Socrates; for not only are the arts which we call mechanical * generally held in bad repute, but States also have a very low opinion of them, -- and with justice. For they are injurious to the bodily health of workmen