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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8560
AUTHOR:Terence (c. 185 or c. 195– B.C.)
QUOTATION:Rigorous law is often rigorous injustice. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Heautontimoroumenos. Act iv. Sc. 5, 48. (796.)
 
Note 1.
Extreme law, extreme injustice, is now become a stale proverb in discourse.—Cicero: De Officiis, i. 33.

Une extrême justice est souvent une injure (Extreme justice is often injustice.—Racine: Frères Ennemies, act iv. sc. 3.

Mais l’extrême justice est une extrême injure.—Francis M. Voltaire: Oedipus, act iii. sc. 3. [back]
 

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