Seneca, from his Moral Epistles

"It is at the cost of a vast outlay of time and of vast discomfort to the ears of others that we win such praise as this: 'What a learned man you are!' Let us be content with this recommendation, less citified (rusticore): 'What a good man you are!'" (372-73 [v. 2, 88.38-39]).

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