Shall I regard a farm as a model of good
cultivation because its owner shows me lilies and
violets and anemones and fountains of living water
in place of rich crops and vines bowed beneath their
clusters? Shall I prefer the barren plane and myrtles
trimly clipped, to the fruitful olive and the elm that
weds the vine? No, let such luxuries delight the rich:
but where would their wealth be if they had nought
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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