Quotable #30: Rhetoric


“Rhetoric is either very good, or stark naught; there is no medium in rhetoric. If I am not fully persuaded, I laugh at the orator.” — John Selden, Table Talk of John Selden, 1927 Edition (First published in 1689)

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7 thoughts on “Quotable #30: Rhetoric

  1. I guess, it’s found somewhere in the world, and then some letters put together, there you have your content… (—.—) 。◕‿◕。 So half and half…


  2. I was curious about a person so arrogant as to say something like this: “If I am not fully persuaded, I laugh at the orator.” Based on what is in Wikipedia, Selden had quite and active life. It appears he was not one of those intellects sitting in the proverbial ivory tower but took a very active part, often at his peril, in affairs of the day.

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