The question as to the origin of rhetoric need
not keep us long. For who can doubt that mankind
received the gift of speech from nature at its birth
(for we can hardly go further back than that), while
the usefulness of speech brought improvement and
study, and finally method and exercise gave perfection?
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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