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We remember, and we endorse what you said both then and now. [705c] Athenian
Well, then, how is our district off for timber for ship-building?Clinias
There is no fir to speak of, nor pine, and but little cypress; nor could one find much larch or plane, which shipwrights are always obliged to use for the interior fittings of ships.Athenian
Those, two, are natural features which would not be bad for the country.Clinias
Why so? [705d] Athenian
That a State should not find it easy to copy its enemies in bad habits is a good thing.Clinias
To which of our statements does this observation allude?Athenian
My dear Sir, keep a watch on me, with an eye cast back on our opening3 statement about the Cretan laws. It asserted that those laws aimed at one single object; and whereas you declared that this object was military strength, I made the rejoinder that, while it was right that such enactments should have virtue for their aim, I did not at all approve of that aim being restricted to a part, instead of applying to the whole. [705e] So do you now, in turn, keep a watch on my present lawmaking, as you follow it, in case I should enact any law either not tending to virtue at all, or tending only to a part of it. For I lay it down as an axiom that no law is rightly enacted which does not aim always, like an archer, at that object, and that alone, which is constantly
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