|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Beaumont and Fletcher |
|QUOTATION:||There is a method in mans wickedness,|
It grows up by degrees. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||A King and No King. Act v. Sc. 4.|
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]