The best foundation of eloquence, is the being master of the subject upon which a man is to speak. That is a root that will furnish sap to a discourse, so that it shall not go dry.
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Source Notes: Maxims (1750), in The Works of George Savile, Marquis of Halifax, ed. Mark N. Brown, vol. 3 (1989).
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