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The chief aims of the author are conciseness and clearness (breviter et dilucide scribere).
He made the world of men and things his study, learned to write his mother-tongue with idiomatic conciseness, and nourished his imagination on the masterpieces of the Romans.
Cicero, who speaks of 150 of these speeches as extant in his day, praises them for their acuteness, their wit, their conciseness.
It has come down in a very corrupt state, and its difficulties are increased by the unpoetical nature of the subject, the straining after conciseness, and the obtrusive use of metaphor.
His compendious History of Philosophy is remarkable for fullness of information, conciseness, accuracy and impartiality.