De Oratore: Or, His Three Dialogues Upon the Character and Qualifications of an Orator

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T. Waller, 1755 - 366 pages
 

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Page 18 - ... must not only admire, but look upon as the just object of the most indefatigable pursuit. And now, to mention the chief point of all, what other power could have been of sufficient efficacy to bring together the vagrant individuals of the human race — to tame their...
Page 42 - ... rude rabble's insolence despise, Their senseless clamours and tumultuous cries ¡ The tyrant's fierceness he beguiles, And the stern brow, and the harsh voice defies, And with superior greatness smiles. Not the rough whirlwind, that deforms Adria's black .gulf, and vexes it with storms, The stubborn virtue of his soul can move ; Nor the red arm of angry Jove, That flings the thunder from the sky, And gives it rage to roar, and strength to fly Should the whole frame of nature round him break,...
Page 18 - ... boundless subject. I lay it down as a maxim, that upon the wisdom and abilities of an accomplished orator, not only his own dignity, but the welfare of vast numbers of individuals, and even of the whole state, must greatly depend. Therefore, young gentlemen, go on : ply the study in which you are engaged, for your own honour, the advantage of your friends, and the service of your country.
Page 364 - But the train of my discourse seems to lead me into the observation I made a little while ago, that what is most useful is most becoming; I know not how this happens, but it is certain that in speaking nothing tends more to acquire an agreeable voice than frequently to relieve it, by passing from one strain to another, and nothing tends more to destroy it than a continued violent straining.
Page 217 - And the objects that are most easily .played upon, are those who are neither worthy of the greatest detestation, nor the greatest compassion. Hence it happens, that the whole subject of the ridiculous lies in the moral vices of men who are neither beloved nor miserable, nor deserving to be dragged to, punishment for their crimes : when these qualities are gently handled, they are laughed at.
Page 64 - ... parcissime. Others assign fifteen years, as Plutarch tells us in his life of Isocrates. 56. 1. Primo libro . . . secundo, i. 9 : ii. 4 and 10. 56. 2. Crassus . . . Cicero. See Cic. de Orat. i. 34. " Afterwards when I grew a little older, I chose to translate the best Greek orations, by which I attained to this advantage, that in rendering the Greek I had read over, into Latin, I not only fell upon the most elegant, and yet the most usual expressions, but was in the course of my translation led...
Page 362 - All action depends upon the passions, of which the face is the picture, and the eyes the interpreters. For this is the only part of the body...

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