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[818e] against whom, as we declare, no god fights now, nor ever will fight.

Yes, Stranger, this account of yours does seem to be in accord with nature, and true.

That is indeed the truth of the matter, Clinias; but to give legal enactment to this program of ours is difficult. We will, if you agree, enact this more precisely on a later occasion.

You appear to us, Stranger, to be scared by the neglect of such studies which is the habit in our countries; but you are wrong to be scared. Do not be deterred on that account, but try to proceed with your statement.

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