Memoirs Of Celebrated Characters (volume 1)

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byAlphonse De Lamartine

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1854 Excerpt: ... MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO. B.C. 107. A.u.C. 647. This name represents not merely an orator, but eloquence itself. Eloquence, as we understand it, and as Cicero himself understood it, is not only the art of addressing men in public. It is the gift of strong feeling, accurate thought, extensive knowledge, splendour of imagination, force of expression; and the power of communicating, in written or spoken language, to other men, the idea, the feeling, the conviction of truth, the admiration for the beautiful, the disposition to uprightness, the enthusiasm for virtue, the devotion to duty, the heroic love of country, and the faith in immortality, which make men honourable--the feeling heart, the clear head, the sound judgment, the popular knowledge, the artistic imagination, the ardent patriotism, the manly courage, the attachment to liberty, the pious philosophy, and lastly, the religion consonant with the most exalted idea of the divinity, which render the individual good, the people great, and the human race sacred. This is what we understand by the ideal of eloquence. It supposes in us the possession and exercise of all the intellectual and moral faculties, that are involved in speech: the power of the human Word. Never, perhaps, did any man unite all these components within himself to so great an extent as Cicero, whose history we are now about to relate. Poet, philosopher, citizen, magistrate, consul, administrator of provinces, comptroller of the republic, idol and afterwards victim of the people; theologian, jurisconsult, supreme orator, and, above all, a man of honour. He, moreover, enjoyed the rare good fortune of employing all these various gifts--sometimes in the amelioration, enjoyment, and relaxation of his mind in solitude; sometimes in the advancemen...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1854 Excerpt: ... MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO. B.C. 107. A.u.C. 647. This name represents not merely an orator, but eloquence itself. Eloquence, as we u...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217968007

ISBN - 13:9780217968003

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