answer is that in such cases we must rely on feeling.
It is possible to have an inadequate understanding of
what it is precisely that makes for severity or charm,
but yet to produce the required effect better by
taking nature for our guide in place of art: none
the less there will always be some principle of art
underlying the promptings of nature.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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