Lectures Concerning Oratory: Delivered in Trinity College, Dublin (Classic Reprint)
It is likely indeed, that this Institution doth not now answer the good Purposes it might, and actually did. Mismanagement may have crept in: For render a Thing unfashionable, it must decline. But we ought not to charge on the Design Abuses thereof, nor confound the Effect with its Cause. Thus, general Disregard occasions Failure in Execution: but that Failure mould not be alledged as an Argument to justify this Disregard: although when established, it keepeth up and encreaseth it. Negligence is at first the Effect of Contempt, afterwards a Cause.
I would not however be understood to assert, that this Plan of Instruction is perfect, that all Objections offered against it are groundless. On the contrary, it is urged with much Shew of Reason and some Truth: 'That the continued Discourse of a Professor, however judiciously composed, cannot convey sufficient Knowledge of any Art or Science: to the Attainment of which, Care, Attention, and the Slowness of gradual Progress are necessary.
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