Even God cannot make two times two not make four  

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"Even God cannot make two times two not make four."--De jure belli ac pacis (1625) by Hugo Grotius


"Now the Law of Nature is so unalterable, that it cannot be changed even by God himself. For although the power of God is infinite, yet there are some things, to which it does not extend. Because the things so expressed would have no true meaning, but imply a contradiction. Thus two and two must make four, nor is it possible to be otherwise; nor, again, can what is really evil not be evil."--De jure belli ac pacis (1625) by Hugo Grotius, larger fragment, Archibald Colin Campbell translation

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"Even God cannot make two times two not make four" is a dictum by Hugo Grotius recorded in De jure belli ac pacis (1625).

Full fragment in Latin:

"Sicut ergo ut bis duo non sint quatuor ne a Deo quidem potest effici, ita ne hoc quidem, ut quod intrinseca ratione malum est, malum non sit."

English translation:

"For instance then, as God himself cannot effect, that twice two should not be four; so neither can he, that what is intrinsically Evil should not be Evil."

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