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Excepʹtions prove the Rule

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They prove there is a rule, or there could be no exceptions; the very fact of exceptions proves there must be a rule.

“Exceptio probat regulam.”—Columella.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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