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22/06/2010 / John Hanna

Transparency

I found this quotation by Quintilian which has made me think about transparency in sermons:

We should not write so that it is possible for [the reader] to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.

~ Quintilian

De Institutione Oratoria Book VIII, 2, 24.

Biography

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (ca. 35 – ca. 100) was a Roman rhetorician from Hispania, widely referred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance writing. In English translation, he is usually referred to as Quintilian, although the alternate spellings of Quintillian andQuinctilian are occasionally seen, the latter in older texts.

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