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Parallel

None but himself can be his parallel. Wholly without a peer; “Quaris Alcidae parem;” “nemo proximus nec secundus.” There are many similar sentences; for example:

“Nemo est nisi ipse.” —Sencca: Hercules Furens, i. 81. (Seneca lived B.C. 53-32.)

“And but herself admits no parallel.”

Massinger: Duke of Millaine, iii. 4. (1662.)

“None but himself himself can parallel.”

Anagram on John Lilburn. (1658.)

“Is there a treachery like this in baseness ... None but itself can be its parallel.” Theobeld: Double Falsehood, iii. 1. (1721.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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