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“ [14] if an orator has to speak on every subject, he must be the master of all the arts.” I might answer this criticism in the words of Cicero,1 in whom I find the following passage:—“In my opinion no one can be an absolutely perfect orator unless he has acquired a knowledge of all important subjects and arts.” I however regard it as sufficient that an orator should not be actually ignorant of the subject on which he has to speak.

1 de Or. I. vi. 20.

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