Above all we must see that we do not contradict
ourselves, a slip which is far from rare on the part of
spinners of fiction: for some things may put a most
favourable complexion on portions of our case, and
yet fail to agree as a whole. Further, what we say
must not be at variance with the admitted truth. Even
in the schools, if we desire a gloss, we must not look
for it outside the facts laid down by our theme.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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