To make jokes against oneself is
scarcely fit for any save professed buffoons and is
strongly to be disapproved in an orator. This form
of jest has precisely the same varieties as those which
we make against others and therefore I pass it by,
although it is not infrequently employed.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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