anything there will be something greater other and besides greatness
itself, namely, that in which greatness is; and this too when the
small itself is not there, which the one, if it is great, must exceed;
this, however, is impossible, seeing that smallness is wholly absent.
But absolute greatness is only greater than absolute smallness,
and smallness is only smaller than absolute greatness.
Then other things not greater or less than the one, if they have
neither greatness nor smallness; nor have greatness or smallness any
power of exceeding or being exceeded in relation to the one, but
only in relation to one another; nor will the one be greater or less
than them or others, if it has neither greatness nor smallness.
Then if the one is neither greater nor less than the others, it
cannot either exceed or be exceeded by them?
And that which neither exceeds nor is exceeded, must be on an
equality; and being on an equality, must be equal.
And this will be true also of the relation of the one to itself;
having neither greatness nor smallness in itself, it will neither
exceed nor be exceeded by itself, but will be on an equality with
and equal to itself.
Then the one will be equal to both itself and the others?
And yet the one, being itself in itself, will also surround and be
without itself; and, as containing itself, will be greater than
itself; and, as contained in itself, will be less; and will thus be
greater and less than itself.