It is not enough to speak the language he speaks in, in its utmost purity, and according to the rules of grammar; but he must speak it elegantly; that is, he must choose the best and most expressive words, and put them in the best order. He should likewise adorn what he says by proper metaphors, similes and other figures of rhetoric; and he should enliven it, if he can, by quick and sprightly turns of wit.
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Source Notes: Letter to his son, Philip Stanhope, 1 November 1739 OS, The Letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope. Earl of Chesterfield, ed. John Bradshaw, vol. 1 (1929). The earl begins his advice by insisting on the importance of persuading and pleasing one's audience.
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