Robert T. Oliver

American academic

Robert Tarbell Oliver (19092000) was a professor of speech at Pennsylvania State University who wrote extensively on the subject of Asian rhetoric.


  • Neither is it accidental that the Upanishads contain no internal evidence as to when, where or by whom they were composed. Their very thesis is that we dwell in the midst of a timeless eternity. With everything so indissolubly united that particular areas or places are of no concern. Who might be the author of an idea or a way of communicating it must be of no importance whatsoever, since truth is truth.
    • Communication and Culture In Ancient India & China (1971)
  • Ancient Indians had a far deeper confidence in living speech than in the moral, impersonal and derivative written communication. When words issued from the mouth of a sayer, they carried a personal endorsement.
    • Communication and Culture In Ancient India & China (1971)

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