Themistocles Said That A Man's Discourse Was Like To A Rich Persian Carpet, The Beautiful Figures And Patterns Of Which Can Be Shown Only By Spreading And Extending It Ou

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Themistocles said that a man's 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.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD)
-- Life of Themistocles