I must repudiate the views of those
who hold that there are as many types of figure
as there are kinds of emotion, on the ground, not
that emotions are not qualities of the mind, but that
a figure, in its strict, not its general sense, is not
simply the expression of anything you choose to
select. Consequently the expression in words of
anger, grief, pity, fear, confidence or contempt is
not a figure, any more than persuasion, threats,
entreaty or excuse.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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