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[962d]

Athenian
An excellent reply, Clinias! And, as our present discourse shows, this synod must possess every virtue; and the prime virtue is not to keep shifting its aim among a number of objects,1 but to concentrate its gaze always on one particular mark, and at that one mark to shoot, as it were, all its arrows continually.

Clinias
Most certainly.

Athenian
So now we shall understand that it is by no means surprising if the legal customs in States keep shifting, seeing that different parts of the codes in each State look in different directions. And, in general, it is not surprising that, with some statesmen,

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