Fortune too may confer dignity as in the case of
kings and princes (for they have a fairer field for
the display of their excellences) but on the other
hand the glory of good deeds may be enhanced by
the smallness of their resources. Moreover the
praise awarded to external and accidental advantages
is given, not to their possession, but to their honourable employment.
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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