Man is an animal that delights in telling stories to his fellows, and some (a few only — alas! — in any age) have, by dint of their great power over words, been far better at this than all the others. Quite rightly, they have received much attention; for not only did they have a story to tell but they also had the gift of telling it well. While it is impossible neatly to separate what they have said from their manner of saying it, the interest of man over the ages has been captured not only by the magic of their mode of speaking, but also by the conviction that they had knowledge to convey. At least their work has created the illusion that they were communicating truth, and their very ability to generate this illusion has appeared to widen the horizon of the human mind and thus convey some knowledge hitherto not perceived.
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