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[818b] of the original author of the proverb,1 “Not even God will ever be seen fighting against Necessity,”—meaning by this, I suppose, all kinds of necessity that are divine, since in relation to human necessities (to which most people apply the saying when they quote it) it is of all sayings far and away the most fatuous.

Clinias
What necessities then, Stranger, belong to these sciences, that are not of this sort, but divine?

Athenian
Those, as I believe, which must be practiced and

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