orator depends not merely on his knowledge, which
increases with the years, but on his voice, lungs and
powers of endurance. And if these be broken or
impaired by age or health, he must beware that he
does not fall short in something of his high reputation as a master of oratory, that fatigue does not
interrupt his eloquence, that he is not brought to
realise that some of his words are inaudible, or to
mourn that he is not what once he was.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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