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And surely there cannot be a time in which a thing can be at once

neither in motion nor at rest?

There cannot.

But neither can it change without changing.


When then does it change; for it cannot change either when at

rest, or when in motion, or when in time?

It cannot.

And does this strange thing in which it is at the time of changing

really exist?

What thing?

The moment. For the moment seems to imply a something out of which

change takes place into either of two states; for the change is not

from the state of rest as such, nor, from the state of motion as such;

but there is this curious nature, which we call the moment lying

between rest and motion, not being in any time; and into this and

out of this what is in motion changes into rest, and what is at rest

into motion.

So it appears.

And the one then, since it is at rest and also in motion, will

change to either, for only in this way can it be in both. And in

changing it changes in a moment, and when it is changing it will be in

no time, and will not then be either in motion or at rest.

It will not.

And it will be in the same case in relation to the other changes,

when it passes from being into cessation of being, or from not-being

into becoming-then it passes between certain states of motion and

rest, and, neither is nor is not, nor becomes nor is destroyed.

Very true.

And on the same principle, in the passage from one to many and

from many to one, the one is neither one nor many, neither separated

nor aggregated; and in the passage from like to unlike, and from

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