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Express Intelligibly

One of my favorite lines in Will Durant’s The Story of Civilization appears on page 564 of Volume 8 (The Age of Louis XIV).  More specifically, it is the concluding line of Durant’s discussion of Thomas Hobbes — a philosopher who, for all of his faults, wrote clearly.  Hobbes’s clarity of expression inspired Durant to write that

every art should accept the moral obligation to be intelligible or silent.