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‘And those who resemble one another (have a mutual liking), and those who are engaged in the same pursuits’; (the pleasures of similarity are noticed and illustrated in I 11. 25, see the notes there); ‘provided their interests don't clash’, (they don't trouble or annoy one another. ἐνοχλεῖν, see note on II 2. 9; παρά in the compound here, expresses an aggravation of the annoyance, the going still further astray from the right path,) ‘and they are not competitors for their livelihood, (as all tradesmen are;) whence the proverb (of rival artists or tradesmen) κεραμεὺς κεραμεῖ’, ‘two of a trade’, Hesiod, Op. et D. 25. On this and the opposite proverbs, see note on I 11. 25.
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