Eloquence is worth the effort

“For eloquence is something altogether greater than a noisy mass of words.  But yet, I see the young fall into error; since they know neither the power nor the nature of eloquence, they do not consider it worth the effort of acquiring it with some zeal and struggle.” Philip Melanchthon, “Praise of Eloquence,” in Orations on Philosophy and Education, trans. Christine F. Salazar (Cambridge, 1999), p. 62.

 

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