Elements of Rhetoric: Comprising the Substance of the Article in the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana: with Additions, &c

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الصفحة 198 - Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, That Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
الصفحة 306 - He who not only understands fully what he is reading, but is earnestly occupying his mind with the matter of it, will be likely to read as if he understood it, and thus to make others understand it ; and in like manner, with a view to the impressiveness of the delivery, he who not only feels it, but is exclusively absorbed with that feeling, will be likely to read as if he felt it, and to communicate the impression to his hearers. But this cannot be the case if he is occupied with the thought of...
الصفحة 178 - Qui variare cupit rem prodigialiter unarn,n — but it must be admitted that he seldom fails to make himself thoroughly understood, and does not often weary the attention, even when he offends the taste of his readers. Care must of course be taken that the repetition may not be too glaringly apparent; the variation must not consist in the mere use...
الصفحة 14 - ... with a promiscuous multitude; and accordingly it is remarked, that the extinction of liberty brought with it, or at least brought after it, the decline of Eloquence; as is justly remarked (though in a courtly form) by the author of the dialogue on Oratory, which passes under the name of Tacitus: " Quid enim opus est longis in Senatu sententiis, cum optimi cito consentiant?
الصفحة 242 - The frequent recurrence of considerable ellipses, even when obscurity does not result from them, will produce an appearance of affected and laborious compression, which is offensive. The author who is studious of Energetic brevity, should aim at what may be called a Suggestive style ; such, that is, as, without making a distinct, though brief, mention of a multitude of particulars, shall put the hearer's mind into the same train of thought as the speaker's, and suggest to him more than is actually...
الصفحة 266 - Sentences which might have been expressed as simple ones are expanded into complex ones by the addition of clauses which add little or nothing to the sense ; and which have been compared to the false handles and key-holes with which furniture is decorated, that serve no other purpose than to correspond to the real ones. Much of Dr. Johnson's writings is chargeable with this fault.
الصفحة 6 - I propose in the present work to adopt a middle course between these two extreme points; and to treat of "Argumentative Composition," generally, and exclusively; considering Rhetoric (in conformity with the very just and philosophical view of Aristotle) as an off-shoot from Logic.
الصفحة 254 - At last, after much fatigue, through deep roads and bad weather, we came, with no small difficulty, to our journey's end.
الصفحة 204 - Indeed in the gross and complicated mass of human passions and concerns, the primitive rights of men undergo such a variety of refractions and reflections, that it becomes absurd to talk of them as if they continued in the simplicity of their original direction.
الصفحة 306 - ... his voice ought to be regulated ; if, in short, he is thinking of himself, and, of course, in the same degree abstracting his attention from that which ought to occupy it exclusively. " It is not, indeed, desirable, that in reading the Bible, for example, or any thing which is not intended to appear as his own composition, he should deliver what are, avowedly, another's sentiments, in the same style as if they were such as arose in his own mind ; but it is desirable that he should deliver them...

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