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[195b] clear evidence of this; for he flies and flees from old age—a swift thing obviously, since it gains on us too quickly for our liking. Love hates it by nature, and refuses to come within any distance of it. He is ever consorting with the young, and such also is he: well says the old saw, ‘Like and like together strike.’1 And though in much else I agree with Phaedrus, in this I agree not, that Love by his account is more ancient than Cronos and Iapetus2:

1 So Hom. Od. 17.218 “Heaven ever bringeth like and like together.”

2 These two Titans, the sons of Heaven and Earth, were proverbially the original inhabitants of the world

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