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Joseph Addison – A just and reasonable modesty

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Joseph AddisonA just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every talent which a man can be possessed of. It heightens all the virtues which it accompanies; like the shades of paintings, it raises and rounds every figure, and makes the colors more beautiful, though not so glowing as they would be without it.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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David Hume – Eloquence leave little room for reason

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David HumeEloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues their understanding. Happily, this pitch it seldom attains.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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