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Single Idea 5864

[catalogued under 19. Language / F. Communication / 1. Rhetoric]

Full Idea

Destroy the seriousness of others with laughter, and their laughter with seriousness.

Gist of Idea

Destroy seriousness with laughter, and laughter with seriousness


Gorgias (fragments/reports [c.443 BCE]), quoted by Aristotle - The Art of Rhetoric 1419b

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Art of Rhetoric', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,H.C. [Penguin 1991], p.260

A Reaction

This sounds like brilliant tactical advice, which should be on the wall of every barrister's chambers. This is a case of rhetoric having something to teach us which is nothing at all to do with truth. It is more like learning karate.