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  • The pleasure of those who injure you lies in your pain. Therefore they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by not feeling pain.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. De patientia, VII.

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  • It is certain because it is possible.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. De Carne Christe, V....
  • The nature of rumor is known to all.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, VII.8.

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  • Divorce these days is a religious vow, as if the proper offspring of marriage.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, VI.6.

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  • The entire fruit is already present in the seed.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, IX.8.
  • Two kinds of blindness are easily combined so that those who do not see really appear to see what is not.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, IX.20.
  • Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears, it is the enemy.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, VI.3.

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  • Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, I.10.

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  • Indeed it is better to postpone, lest either we complete too little by hurrying, or wander too long in completing it.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, XIX.8.
  • Those who fled will fight another time.
    Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. De fuga in persecutione, X....

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