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[153] Surely those who are going to advocate a law and urge its necessity ought to show themselves ready to obey existing laws; otherwise it is absurd for them to defend one law as commissioners and violate another themselves. Take and read the law which I cite.“ Law

That, Athenians, is both an old and a sound law,1 which the commissioners will be careful not to violate, if they are wise.

1 But it seems to have become obsolete, for sound reasons.

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