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[300c] written rules about anything whatsoever is to prohibit any violation of them whatsoever, either by one person or by a greater number.

Younger Socrates
Right.

Stranger
These laws, then, written by men who know in so far as knowledge is possible, are imitations in each instance of some part of truth?

Younger Socrates
Of course.

Stranger
And yet we said, if we remember, that the man of knowledge, the real statesman, would by his art make many changes in his practice without regard to his writings, when he thought another course was better though it violated the rules he had written


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