Tuesday, August 03, 2004

A Rhetorical Note on RHETORIC {smile}


TACITUS:

The art which is the subject of our discourse

[RHETORIC] is not a quiet and peaceful art,

or one that finds satisfaction in moral worth and good behavior;

no, really great and famous oratory is a foster-child of licence,

which foolish men call liberty, an associate of sedition,

a goad for the unbridled populace. It owes no allegiance to any.

Devoid of reverence, it is insulting, off-hand, and overbearing ...

QUOTED IN: Rhetoric Reclaimed by Janet M. Atwill