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 because I considered that their foolish babble had no influence whatever and that I had, myself, made it manifest to all that I had elected to speak and write, not on petty disputes, but on subjects so important and so elevated1 that no one would attempt them except those who had studied with me, and their would-be imitators.
1 The kind of oratory to which Isocrates devoted himself. See General Introd. p. xxiv.