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[381c] “It must necessarily,” said he, “be for the worse if he is changed. For we surely will not say that God is deficient in either beauty or excellence.” “Most rightly spoken,” said I. “And if that were his condition, do you think, Adeimantus, that any one god or man would of his own will worsen himself in any way?” “Impossible,” he replied. “It is impossible then,” said I, “even for a god to wish to alter himself, but, as it appears, each of them being the fairest and best possible abides1 for ever simply in his own form.” “An absolutely necessary conclusion to my thinking.” “No poet then,”

1 Cf. Tim. 42 Eἔμενεν, which suggested the Neoplatonic and Miltonic paradox that the divine abides even when it goes forth.

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