• The art of declamation has been sinking in value from the moment that speakers were foolish enough to publish, and hearers wise enough to read.

    Philip Dormer Stanhope (4th earl of Chesterfield.), Charles Caleb Colton (1861). “Lord Chesterfield's advice to his son on men and manners. To which are added, selections from Colton's 'Lacon'.”, p.194