Themistocles said that a mans discourse was like to a rich Persian carpet, the beautiful figures and patterns of which can be shown only by spreading and extending it out; when it is contracted and folded up, they are obscured and lost.1
Life of Themistocles.
Note 1. Themistocles said speech was like to tapestry; and like it, when it was spread it showed its figures, but when it was folded up, hid and spoiled them.Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders. (Themistocles.) [back]