Still, whatever the essence of humour may be, and
although I would not venture to assert that it is altogether independent of art (for it involves a certain
power of observation, and rules for its employment
have been laid down by writers both of Greece and
Rome), I will insist on this much, that it depends
mainly on nature and opportunity.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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