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[6] As for the maxims that are accompanied by an epilogue, some form part of an enthymeme, as “ No one who is sensible, etc.,1

while others are enthymematic, but are not part of an enthymeme;2 and these are most highly esteemed. Such are those maxims in which the reason of what is said is apparent: for instance, “ Being a mortal, do not nourish immortal wrath;3

” to say that one should not always nourish immortal wrath is a maxim, but the addition “being a mortal” states the reason. It is the same with “ A mortal should have mortal, not immortal thoughts.4

1 See sect. 2.

2 They partake of the nature of, but not of the form of, enthymemes.

3 Author unknown (T.G.F. p. 854).

4 According to Bentley, from Epicharmus.

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