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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
  Without attempting a formal definition of the word, I am inclined to consider rhetoric, when reduced to a system in books, as a body of rules derived from experience and observation, extending to all communications by language, and designed to make it efficient.
E. T. Channing.    
  A chapter upon German rhetoric would be in the same ludicrous predicament as Von Troil’s chapter on the snakes of Iceland, which delivers its business in one summary sentence, announcing that snakes in Iceland—there are none.
Thomas De Quincey.    
  Sir William Hamilton has said that Aristotle’s Rhetoric is the best ethology extant; meaning that it contains the best account of the passions and feelings of the human heart, and of the means of awakening and interesting them so as to produce persuasion or action.
William Fleming.    
  I grieve that our senate has dwindled into a school of rhetoric.
Sir William Jones.    
  They have been taught rhetoric, but never taught language; as if the names of the figures that embellished the discourse of those who understood the art of speaking were the very art and skill of speaking well.
John Locke.    
  All the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment.
John Locke.    
  Rhetoric is very good, or stark naught; there’s no medium in rhetoric.
John Selden.    

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