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[7] Fables are suitable for public speaking, and they have this advantage that, while it is difficult to find similar things that have really happened in the past, it is easier to invent fables; for they must be invented, like comparisons, if a man is capable of seizing the analogy; and this is easy if one studies philosophy.1

1 “Literary knowledge” (Jebb); “literature” (Cope, Introd. p. 256, who, however, in his annotated ed. explains: “intellectual study and mental exercises in general”).

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