imagine that there could never be a case, or at any rate
an actual case in the courts, in which neither side said
anything about the character of the persons involved;
but this is not true of causes and motives, for it is
often wholly unnecessary to trouble ourselves about
them, as, for example, in cases of theft or adultery,
crimes which carry their motives on the face of them.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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