But, it will be urged, to carry out such a task is
difficult and has never been accomplished. To
which I reply that sufficient encouragement for
study may be found in the fact, firstly, that nature
does not forbid such achievement and it does not
follow that, because a thing never has been done, it
therefore never can be done, and secondly, that all
great achievements have required time for their first
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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