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[41] Generally received sayings also become common property owing to the very fact that they are anonymous, as, for instance, “Friends are a treasure,” or “Conscience is as good as a thousand witnesses,” or, to quote Cicero,1 “In the words of the old proverb, birds of a feather flock together.” Sayings such as these would not have acquired immortality had they not carried conviction of their truth to all mankind.

1 Cato maj. iii 7.

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