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[5] For it is with good cause that Lucius Crassus, in the [p. 385] third book of the de Oratore,1 affirms that all that is said concerning equity, justice, truth and the good, and their opposites, forms part of the studies of an orator, and that the philosophers, when they exert their powers of speaking to defend these virtues, are using the weapons of rhetoric, not their own. But he also confesses that the knowledge of these subjects must be sought from the philosophers for the reason that, in his opinion, philosophy has more effective possession of them.

1 Chs. xx. xxvii. and xxxi.

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