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That which parents should take care of here, is to distinguish between the wants of fancy, and those of nature; which Horace has well taught them to do in this verse: Queis humana sibi doleat natura negatis.
It becomes as necessary as food, or any of those first wants of life "quibus negatis natura doleat."
And to them we may well say with Tertullian, (38) _Iniquam exercetis dominationem si ideo negatis licere quia vultis, non quia debuit non licere_ — You exercise an unjust dominion, if, therefore, you deny anything to be free, because you will so, not because it ought not to be free.
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