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[13] But the greatest proof of the difference between these two arts is that oratory is good only if it has the qualities of fitness for the occasion,1 propriety of style, and originality of treatment, while in the case of letters there is no such need whatsoever. So that those who make use of such analogies ought more justly to pay out than to accept fees, since they attempt to teach others when they are themselves in great need of instruction.

1 A fundamental requisite. See Isoc. 4.9; Isoc. 10.11.

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