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A liar should have a good memory.
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As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.
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As regards syllables, no short cut is possible: they must all be learnt, and there is no good in putting off learning the most difficult; this is the general practice, but the sole result is bad spelling.
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As soon therefore as a boy has made sufficient progress in his studies to be able to follow what I have styled the first stage of instruction in rhetoric, he should be placed under a rhetorician.
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But it is surely the orator who will have the greatest mastery of all such departments of knowledge and the greatest power to express it in words.
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Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.
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Documentary evidence is easier to dispose of.
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Every artificial proof consists either of indications, arguments or examples.
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For I do not of course wish the boy, whom we are training to this end, to talk with the shrillness of a woman or in the tremulous accents of old age.
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For I will not admit that the principles of upright and honourable living should, as some have held, be regarded as the peculiar concern of philosophy.
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For my part I would have them read the best authors from the very beginning and never leave them, choosing those, however, who are simplest and most intelligible.
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For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.
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For we have come to regard direct and natural speech as incompatible with genius, while all that is in any way abnormal is admired as exquisite.
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Having at length, after twenty years devoted to the training of the young, obtained leisure for study, I was asked by certain of my friends to write something on the art of speaking.
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I do not approve of boys sitting mixed with young men.
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I do not for instance propose to lay down rules for commonplaces, a task requiring infinite detail, but merely to sketch out the general lines and method to be followed by the orator.
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I have no objection to a little exuberance in the young learner.
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I prefer that a boy should begin with Greek, because Latin, being in general use, will be picked up by him whether we will or no; while the fact that Latin learning is derived from Greek is a further reason for his being first instructed in the latter.
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I strongly disapprove of the prevailing practice of allowing boys to stand up or leap from the seats in the expression of their applause.
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In this portion of my work I will give but one golden rule: to do all these things, he must understand what he reads.
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It is a good thing therefore that a boy should have companions whom he will desire first to imitate and then to surpass: thus he will be led to aspire to higher achievement.
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It is also frequently necessary to speak against documents, for it is common knowledge that they are often not merely rebutted, but even attacked as forgeries.
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It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.
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It is only he who learns to speak correctly before he can speak with rapidity who will reach the heights that are our goal or the levels immediately below them.
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It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
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It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.
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It is, however, the evidence that gives the greatest trouble to advocates.
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It will, however, be the duty of the rhetorician not merely to teach these things, but to ask frequent questions as well, and test the critical powers of his class.
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Moreover any teacher who has the least tincture of literary culture will devote special attention to any boy who shows signs of industry and talent; for such a pupil will redound to his own credit.
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My aim, then, is the education of the perfect orator.
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My ideal pupil will absorb instruction with ease and will even ask some questions; but he will follow rather than anticipate his teacher.
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Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.
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Nothing can be pleasing which is not also becoming.
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Short stories from the poets should in my opinion be handled not with a view to style but as a means of increasing knowledge.
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The art of writing well and quickly is not unimportant for our purpose, though it is generally disregarded by persons of quality.
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The custom has prevailed and is daily growing commoner of sending boys to the schools of rhetoric much later than is reasonable: this is always the case as regards Latin rhetoric and occasionally applies to Greek as well.
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The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
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The praise or denunciation of laws requires greater powers; indeed they should almost be equal to the most serious tasks of rhetoric.
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The reading of tragedy also is useful, and lyric poets will provide nourishment for the mind, provided not merely the authors be carefully selected, but also the passages from their works which are to be read.
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The teacher should therefore be as distinguished for his eloquence as for his good character, and like Phoenix in the Iliad be able to teach his pupil both how to behave and how to speak.
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The young should be more daring and inventive and should rejoice in their inventions, even though correctness and severity are still to be acquired.
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There are, it is true, other natural aids, such as the possession of a good voice and robust lungs, sound health, powers of endurance and grace, and if these are possessed only to a moderate extent, they may be improved by methodical training.
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Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
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To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.
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Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.
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When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
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When we cannot hope to win, it is an advantage to yield.
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Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.
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Witnesses appearing in away to a subpoena may be divided into two classes: those who desire to harm the accused, and those who do not.
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Written narratives should be composed with the utmost care.
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Young men, even when they are listening to others, should be temperate in manifesting their approval.
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