Be, rather than seem.
Books: our unfailing companions.
Being asked by Criton how he would be buried, I have taken a great deal of pains, saith he, my friends, to no purpose, for I have not convinced our Criton that I shall fly from hence, and leave no part of me behind. Notwithstanding, Criton, if you can overtake me, wheresoever you get hold of me, bury me as you please: but.
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.