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Such are the aids which we may derive from external sources; as regards those which we must supply for ourselves, it is the pen which brings at once the most labour and the most profit. Cicero is fully justified in describing it as the best producer and teacher of eloquence, and it may be noted that in the de Oratore1 he supports his own judgment by the authority of Lucius Crassus, in whose mouth he places this remark.

1 De Or. i. 150.

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