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[14] Sallust1 did something similar when he wrote “I think it better to say nothing of Carthage rather than say too little.” It has always, therefore, been my custom not to tie myself down to universal or general rules (this being the nearest equivalent I can find for the Greek catholic rules). For rules are rarely of such a kind that their validity cannot be shaken and overthrown in some [p. 297] particular or other.

1 Jug. xix.

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