It appears to me, therefore, that
where necessity exists, there is no room for deliberation, any more than where it is clear that a thing is
not feasible. For deliberation is always concerned
with questions where some doubt exists. Those
therefore are wiser who make the third consideration
for deliberative oratory to be τὸδυνατόν or “possibility”
as we translate it; the translation may seem clumsy,
but it is the only word available.
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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