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[19] For did not Pythagoras desire that he should not be called a wise man, like the sages who preceded him, but rather a student of wisdom?1 But for my own part, conforming to the language of every day, I have said time and again, and shall continue to say, that Cicero was a perfect orator, just as in ordinary speech we call our friends good and sensible men, although neither of these titles can really be given to any save to him that has attained to perfect wisdom. But if I am called upon to speak strictly and in accordance with the most rigid laws of truth, I shall proclaim that I seek to find that same perfect orator whom Cicero also sought to discover.

1 i. e. φιλόσοφος, a term of which he was reputed the inventor.

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