Anniversary Addresses (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Jan 14, 2018 - 520 pages
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Brilliancy, so called, is no equivalent or substitute for precision. It is often its worst enemy. A man may mold himself to think in curves and zigzags, and not in right lines. He sends never an arrow, but a boomerang. Or he thinks in poetry instead of prose, deals in analogy where it should be analysis, puts rhetoric for logic, scatters and not concentrates, and while he radiates never irradiates. A late divine was suspected of heresy, partly because of his poetic bias; and one of his volumes was unfortunate for him and his readers, in that for his central position be planted himself on a figure of speech and not on a.

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