First then, whoever in relating a story shall use the
most odious terms when gentler expressions might do as
well, is not to be esteemed impartial, but an enjoyer of his
own fancy, in putting the worst construction on things; as
if any one, instead of saying Nicias is too much given to
superstition, should call him fanatic, or should accuse
Cleon of presumption and madness rather than of inconsiderateness in speech.
Plutarch. Plutarch's Morals. Translated from the Greek by several hands. Corrected and revised by. William W. Goodwin, PH. D. Boston. Little, Brown, and Company. Cambridge. Press Of John Wilson and son. 1874. 4.
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