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[9] But whenever one has gone too far, the remedy may be found in the common piece of advice—that he should rebuke himself in advance;1 then the excess seems true, since the orator is obviously aware of what he is doing.

1 The exaggeration should be brought forward first, by way of forestalling the objection, and accompanied by some limiting phrase. Quintilian (Quint. Inst. Orat. 8.3.37) gives as examples: “so to say,” “if I may be allowed to say so.”

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