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Unformatted text preview: ree things which inspire confidence in the orator's own character- the three,
namely, that induce us to believe a thing apart from any proof of it: good sense, good moral
character, and goodwill. False statements and bad advice are due to one or more of the
following three causes. Men either form a false opinion through want of good sense; or they
form a true opinion, but because of their moral badness do not say what they really think; or
finally, they are both sensible and upright, but not well disposed to their hearers, and may
fail in consequence to recommend what they know to be the best course. These are the only
possible cases. It follows that any one who is thought to have all three of these good qualities
will inspire trust in his audience. The way to make ourselves thought to be sensible and
morally good must be gathered from the analysis of goodness already given: the way to
establish your own goodness is the same as the way to establish that of others. Good will and
friendliness of disposition will form part of our discussion of the emotions, to which we
must now turn.
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