But if the subject be one of real importance every kind of ornament should be employed,
so long as it does nothing to obscure our meaning.
For metaphor will frequently throw a flood of light
upon a subject: even lawyers, who spend so much
trouble over the appropriateness of words, venture
to assert that the word litus is derived from eludere,
because the shore is a place where the waves break
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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