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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Favorinus
 
        [A philosopher and sophist in the reign of Hadrian; a native of Arles, in Gaul; resided in Rome, Greece, and Asia Minor, and obtained high distinction.]
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It is ill arguing with the master of thirty legions.
          Yielding to Hadrian in a rhetorical argument, when he probably remained of his original opinion.
        “He that complies against his will
Is of the same opinion still.”
Hudibras, III. 3, 547.    
  Selden expressed a similar thought during the Civil War: “’Tis not seasonable to call a man traitor that has an army at his heels.”—Table-Talk (Traitor).
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