This seems seems to apply to modern politics. What custom does Donald Trump follow in terms of language customs? What customs do the other politicians follow? Should it matter?
The Dignity of Speech
Ben, Johnson (1573-1637).
“Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current money. But we must not be too frequent with the mint, every day coming. Nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages; since the chief virtue of style perspicuity, and nothing so vicious in it, as to need an interpreter.”
What would the “extreme and utmost ages” be?
by: A Montana Hunter
For some, the end
of a casual day
for some, the end
of a significant display
They’ll continue without us
in the wild world
that some never see
In the depths of your imagination,
you explore the planned evasion
by those who’ve humbled you.
Laotse (Loa Tsu) (4th century B.C.)
“On goes the spirit forever, functioning without any kind of effort.”
A poem by: Robert Louis Stevenson
When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.
My holes were empty like a cup
In every hole the sea came up
till it could come no more.
Epicurus (341-270 B.C.)
“Philosophy must be the cure of the mind and the soul; it must be a guide to happiness.”
“We must consider that of desires some are natural, others vain, and of the natural some are necessary and others merely natural; and of the necessary some are for happiness, others for the repose of the body, and others for very life. the right understanding of these facts enables us to refer all choice and avoidance to the health of the body and (the soul’s) freedom form disturbance, since this is the aim of the life of blessedness.”
Duhring, Eugen (1833-1921).
“Pessimism is itself the peak of moral evil, in the sense that it adores nothing and condemns nature. Scepticism tries to do that with regard to reason. It is the theoretical supplement to practical corruption. It is incompatible with the trust of healthy knowledge, and is opposed to real logical knowledge as a final possibility. When it remains faithful to its essence (or rather its nuisance), it implies that there cane deviation for personal contingencies; therefore it assists wicked-ness.”
Mendelssohn, Moses (1729-1786).
“Progress is for individual man, who is destined by Providence to pass a portion of his eternity here on earth. Every one goes his own way through life. One’s route leads him over flowers and meadows; another’s across desert plains, over steep mountains or by the side of dangerous precipices. Yet they all get on in the journey, pursuing the road to happiness, to which they are destined. But that the bulk, or the whole human race here on earth, should be constantly moving forth in progress of time, and perfecting itself, seems to me to not have been the design of Providence.”