This seems to me unnecessary, since it is as a rule
obvious what should be said against the injurious
conduct or avarice of our opponents, or against a
hostile witness or powerful friends; to say everything on all these subjects is an endless task, as
endless in fact as if I were to attempt to lay down
rules for dealing with every dispute that can ever
occur and all the questions, arguments and opinions
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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