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"That it is necessary sometimes to use falsehood as a medicine
for those who need such an approach. [As said in Plato's Laws
663e by the Athenian:] 'And even the lawmaker who is of little
use, if even this is not as he considered it, and as just now the
application of logic held it, if he dared lie to young men for a
good reason, then can't he lie? For falsehood is even more useful
than the above, and sometimes even more able to bring it about that
everyone willingly keeps to all justice.' [then by Clinias:] 'Truth
is beautiful, stranger, and steadfast. But to persuade people of it
is not easy.' "You would find many things of this sort being used
even in the Hebrew scriptures, such as concerning God being jealous
or falling asleep or getting angry or being subject to some other
human passions, for the benefit of those who need such an approach."
[Eusebius, from the Praeparatio Evangelica 12.31,
listing the ideas Plato supposedly got from Moses]



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