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[5] It is true that we cannot fix a precise limit in such cases, up to which two men can still be friends; the gap may go on widening and the friendship still remain1; but when one becomes very remote from the other, as God is remote from man, it can continue no longer.

1 Lit. ‘though many things are taken away, (friendship) still remains’; apparently an allusion to the Sorites fallacy (ratio ruentis acervi, Hor. Ep. 2.1.47) , How many grains can be taken from a heap of corn for it still to be in a heap?

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