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[4] Take for example the whole of the well-known passage from Cicero's defence of Sextus Roscius:1 “For what is more common than the air to the living, than the earth to the dead, than the sea to mariners or the shore to shipwrecked men?” etc. This passage was delivered at the age of twenty-six amid loud applause from the audience, but in later years2 he acknowledges that the ferment of youth has died down and his style been clarified with age. And, indeed, however much private study may contribute to success, there is still a peculiar proficiency that the courts alone can give: for there the atmosphere is changed and the reality of the [p. 417] peril puts a different complexion on things, while, if it is impossible to combine the two, practice without theory is more useful than theory without practice. Consequently,

1 pro Rose. Amer. xxvi. 72.

2 Orat. xxx. 107.

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