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[8] “But” it will be urged “men have proved fluent without their aid.” Granted, but I am in quest of an orator. “Their contribution is but small.” Yes, but we shall never attain completeness, if minor details be lacking. And it will be agreed that though our ideal of perfection may dwell on a height that is hard to gain, it is our duty to teach all we know, that achievement may at least come somewhat nearer the goal. But why should our courage fail? The perfect orator is not contrary to the laws of nature, and it is cowardly to despair of anything that is within the bounds of possibility. [p. 165]

For myself I should be ready to accept the verdict of antiquity.

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