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[41] Those who are rightly governed, on the other hand, do not need to fill their porticoes1 with written statutes, but only to cherish justice in their souls; for it is not by legislation, but by morals, that states are well directed, since men who are badly reared will venture to transgress even laws which are drawn up with minute exactness, whereas those who are well brought up will be willing to respect even a simple code.2

1 Since Solon's time, Athenian laws were posted on pillars in the “King's Portico,” by the market-place. See Aristot. Ath. Pol. 7.

2 Cf. Plat. Rep. 425a ff.

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