John of Antioch …

Posted on September 14, 2008. Filed under: Eloquence, Searching for Success |

Saint John Chrysostom was nicknamed, the ‘golden mouthed’; and rose to become Archbishop of Constantinople. He is supposed to have gone into the desert for nearly a decade of self study and discipline before he accidentally came upon his chosen field.

In the Nineteenth Century John Henry Newman painted this notable portrait –

“He spoke because his heart, his head, were brimful of things to speak about.

His elocution corresponded to that strength and flexibility of limb, that quickness of eye, hand and foot, by which a man excels in manly games of mechanical skill.

It would be a great mistake, in speaking of it, to ask whether it was Asiatic or Attic, terse or flowing – when its distinctive praise was that it was natural’.

‘His unrivaled charm, as that of every. eloquent man, lies in his singleness of purpose, his fixed grasp of his aim and his noble earnestness”.

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