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‘And saying any thing about yourself, making any kind of boast or profession about yourself’,—no expression, however exaggerated, of self-laudation that you abstain from; no profession of any art or science that you do not lay claim to—‘and taking the credit of, appropriating, other people's merits and advantages’, symptomatic of quackery, undue and unfounded pretension or assumption. The worthiness of praise distains his worth, If that the prais'd himself bring the praise forth. Troilus and Cressida, I 3. 241.

ἐπαγγέλλεσθαι] to announce or proclaim—to the world in the way of profession in general, or especially the profession of any art, science, or practice; and almost technically (by Plato) applied to the magnificent profession—without corresponding performance—of the Sophists. Rhet. II 24. 11, of Protagoras' profession, what he undertook to do, viz. τὸν ἥττω λόγον κρείττω ποιεῖν.—On ἀλαζονεία see note on I 2. 7.

‘And in like manner the products or results of each of all the various vices of the character, and the outward signs of these (inward vices) and every thing that resembles them; for they are disgraceful (base and therefore to be shunned, in themselves), and provocative of shame (in us)’.

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