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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2225
AUTHOR:Beaumont and Fletcher
QUOTATION:There is a method in man’s wickedness,—
It grows up by degrees. 1
ATTRIBUTION:A King and No King. Act v. Sc. 4.
 
Note 1.
Nemo repente fuit turpissimus (No man ever became extremely wicked all at once).—Juvenal: ii. 83.

Ainsi que la vertu, le crime a ses degrés (As virtue has its degrees, so has vice).—Racine: Phédre, act iv. sc. 2. [back]
 

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