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[838d] has a surprising influence, when there is no attempt by anybody ever to breathe a word that contradicts the law.

Athenian
Then is it not true, as I said just now, that when a lawgiver wishes to subdue one of those lusts which especially subdue men, it is easy for him at least to learn the method of mastering them,—that it is by consecrating this public opinion in the eyes of all alike—bond and free, women and children, and the whole State—that he will effect the firmest security

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