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That a State should not find it easy to copy its enemies in bad habits is a good thing.

To which of our statements does this observation allude?

My dear Sir, keep a watch on me, with an eye cast back on our opening1 statement about the Cretan laws. It asserted that those laws aimed at one single object; and whereas you declared that this object was military strength, I made the rejoinder that, while it was right that such enactments should have virtue for their aim, I did not at all approve of that aim being restricted to a part, instead of applying to the whole.

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