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[52] What, then, will be the difference between what is written and what is spoken? If I were given a jury of wise men, I should cut down a large number of passages from the speeches not only of Cicero, but even of Demosthenes, who is much more concise. [p. 481] For with such a jury there would be no need to appeal to the emotions nor to charm and soothe the ears, since according to Aristotle1 even exordia are superfluous, if addressed to such persons, as they will have no influence upon judges who are truly wise: it will be sufficient to state the facts with precision and significance and to marshal our array of proofs.

1 Rhet. iii. 13.

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