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[739c] throughout the whole State the old saying1 that “friends have all things really in common.” As to this condition,—whether it anywhere exists now, or ever will exist,—in which there is community of wives, children, and all chattels, and all that is called “private” is everywhere and by every means rooted out of our life, and so far as possible it is contrived that even things naturally “private” have become in a way “communized,” —eyes, for instance, and ears and hands seem to see, hear, and act in common,—

1 A Pythagorean maxim frequently cited by Plato: cp.Plat. Rep. 424a ff, Eur. Orest. 725.

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