Quotes of Eloquence

“ True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation. ”

- Victor Hugo

“ The finest eloquence is that which gets things done; the worst is that which delays them. ”

- David Lloyd George

“ To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Today it is not the classroom nor the classics which are the repositories of models of eloquence, but the ad agencies. ”

- Marshall McLuhan

“ When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, "Action, Action, Action.". ”

- Plutarch

“ Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. ”

- Heinrich Heine

“ Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. ”

- Blaise Pascal

“ It seems thus possible to give a preliminary definition of walking as a space of enunciation. ”

- Michel De Certeau

“ They want the rhetoric to end and they want to concentrate on what they do best. ”

- Robert Iger

“ Rhetoric is cheap, evidence comes more dearly. ”

- John Fund

“ It's not the armed forces which are hollow; it's the rhetoric of Mr. Cheney and, I'm afraid, also Governor Bush. ”

- Carl Levin

“ Talking and eloquence are not the same thing: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. ”

- Ben Johnson

“ The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper. ”

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

“ He talked on forever; and you wished him to talk on forever. ”

- William Hazlitt

“ When a man gets talking about himself, he seldom fails to be eloquent and often reaches the sublime. ”

- Josh Billings

“ You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable. ”

- George Eliot

“ The longer I live, the more I have come to value the gift of eloquence. Every American youth, if he desires for any purpose to get influence over his countrymen in an honorable way, will seek to become a good public speaker. ”

- George F. Hoar

“ Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding. ”

- David Hume

“ There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop… ”

- Mario Savio

“ A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory. ”

- Charles Horton Cooley

“ Eloquence is logic on fire. ”

- Lyman Beecher

“ Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance. ”

- Mel Brooks

“ Thoughts that breathe and words that burn. ”

- Thomas Gray

“ Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid. ”

- Mark Twain

“ The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force. ”

- Adolf Hitler

“ Rhetoric is nothing, but reason well dressed and argument put in order. ”

- Jan Zamoiski

“ We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. ”

- William Butler Yeats

“ In oratory the will must predominate. ”

- David Hare
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