Thoughts and Teachings of Lacordaire

Thoughts and Teachings of Lacordaire

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: the famous scenes of eloquence. You hear Demosthenes obtaining the condemnation of Eschinus, Cicero causing the death-warrant of Ligarius to fall from the hand of Caesar, and you ask yourselves what constitutes this sovereign art without which reason and justice are not sure of conquering, by which error and passion too often triumph. Yes, the eloquent tongue is a ruler that enforces obedience; but what is eloquence? What more than light and truth can it infuse into speech? Is there anything in the world more persuasive than light, stronger than truth? Yes, stronger than truth is the principle whence it emanates; more persuasive than light is the fire whence it radiates; greater than speech is the soul where it resides and whence it issues. Eloquence is the soul itself; eloquence is the soul breaking through the banks of the flesh, quitting the breast which bears it, and casting itself headlong into the soul of another. Are you astonished that it commands, that it reigns? Verily, I believe that it is a soul substituted for yours. Is it not evident that if this soul, which possesses you, which is in you, which is yourself more than yourself, that if this soul says to you: Go! you will go: Come! you will come: Bend the knee! you will bend the knee? In short, the mystery of speech in the state of eloquence is the substitution of the soul which speaks for the soul which hears; or, to speak with a strictness which cannot be questioned, it is the fusion of the soul that speaks with the soul that hears. Eloquence has but one rival, and it is a rival only because it is eloquent: it is love. Love, like eloquence, blends hearts together, and the power of each, so dissimilar in appearance, has the same cause and the same effect.--loz'a'. more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236869338
  • 9781236869333