Thought for the Day
The best argument for eloquence is that it is a skill and therefore an imperative. If you think you are good at something, you do it, even at the cost of wasting your life in its service. A writer who, on a particular day of need, can't find the words is appalled and terrified that he'll never find them again.
If the question of egotism is raised, you can answer that the words you want to find for yourself are in the language anyhow, even if they're hiding, so it's only decent to bring their beauties out; it's like doing the best you can for your country. Like hang-gliding again: practicing a skill, you'll feel like a bird, wings outspread, capitalizing on the constraints that commonly weigh you down. The constraints--or the sins--are in language, so you exercise your talent for finding ways to circumvent them, ways of being free, or enjoying the exhilaration of feeling free.
-Denis Donoghue, On Eloquence, Yale University Press (2008), pp. 168 and 169.