The Rhetoric of Conversation, Or, Bridles and Spurs for Themanagement of the Tongue

The Rhetoric of Conversation, Or, Bridles and Spurs for Themanagement of the Tongue

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...if we tell of a real misdeed of another, he may never have the boldness to deny it, so that it will go on circulating and gaining belief all his days, and perhaps long after he is dead. It will exert a secret, yet blighting influence on his reputation, and move on before him like some unseen hand, closing in his face every door to usefulness. No matter that he has repented of his transgression, and has radically reformed, no matter that he is now entitled to the highest admiration of mankind, some detractor has whispered a word that can never be recalled--a word which, most likely, represented him to be what he is not now, if not worse than he ever was. Yet every body boldly and industriously circulates the report, because, as he says, it is true. It is not to be overlooked, indeed, that there are higher considerations than those of reputation, which sometimes require us to set aside the general principle in question, and to expose the sin or crime of our neighbor. There are cases in which it would be a breach of our obligations to the church or to the state to conceal it, and by doing so, we would be accounted accessories. When others are likely to be injured by mistaking ones character, or by not knowing his deeds, it is a duty we owe to their safety to caution them against him. Yet where the offence does not concern the public, but individuals alone, we have no authority for making it known. If we hear others speaking of him in too high terms, we have no right to state facts which would lower him him in their esteem, so their opinion of him does not control their action in any important affair. Every. man is justly entitled to all the celebrity he enjoys, if he did not gain it wrongfully, or does not use it to compass hurtful ends....show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236946197
  • 9781236946195