[104c] and when it approaches they either perish or withdraw. We must certainly agree that the number three will endure destruction or anything else rather than submit to becoming even, while still remaining three, must we not?”“Certainly,” said Cebes.“But the number two is not the opposite of the number three.”“No.”“Then not only opposite ideas refuse to admit each other when they come near, but certain other things refuse to admit the approach of opposites.”“Very true,” he said.“Shall we then,” said Socrates, “determine if we can, what these are?”“Certainly.”
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