Quotes and Sayings about Eloquence



"False eloquence is exaggeration; true eloquence is emphasis."
- William R. Alger
(Related: Eloquence, Exaggeration)

"Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Art, Life, Virtue, Authority, Eloquence, Maxim)

"Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Discretion, Eloquence, Order, Speech, Words)

"Eloquence, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Art, Eloquence, Fools)

"Eloquence is the poetry of prose."
- William C. Bryant
(Related: Poetry, Eloquence, Prose)

"The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Art, Society, Eloquence, Secrets)

"Brevity is a great charm of eloquence."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Brevity, Charm, Eloquence)

"Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning."
- Frederick William Faber
(Related: Eloquence, Kindness, Learning, Zeal)

"In fact, eloquence in English will inevitably make use of the Latin element in our vocabulary."
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Related: Eloquence, English, Fact, Vocabulary, Will)

"Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage."
- John W. Gardner
(Related: Courage, Strength, Eloquence, Judgment, Leaders, Quiet)

"The finest eloquence is that which gets things done."
- David Lloyd George
(Related: Eloquence)

"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
(Related: Eloquence, Fool, Man, May, Talk, Talking)

"True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Eloquence, Nothing, Saying)

"Every idea is an incitement... Eloquence may set fire to reason."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Idea, Eloquence, Fire, May, Reason)

"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
(Related: Eloquence, Reason, Reflection, Understanding)

"Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things."
- Ben Jonson
(Related: Eloquence, Talking)

"It's good to keep in mind that prominence is always a mix of hard work, eloquence in your practice, good timing and fortuitous social relations. Everything can't be personalized."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Work, Eloquence, Hard work, Mind, Practice)

"Today it is not the classroom nor the classics which are the repositories of models of eloquence, but the ad agencies."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Classroom, Eloquence, Today)

"What I am looking for... is an immobile movement, something which would be the equivalent of what is called the eloquence of silence, or what St. John of the Cross, I think it was, described with the term 'mute music'."
- Joan Miro
(Related: Music, Eloquence, Silence)

"It was an argument of rare power and eloquence."
- William Henry Moody
(Related: Power, Argument, Eloquence)

"Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Thoughts, Eloquence, Painting)

"Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Eloquence, May)

"Courage easily finds its own eloquence."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Courage, Eloquence)

"There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm."
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Related: Enthusiasm, Eloquence)

"It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk."
- Joshua Reynolds
(Related: Eloquence, Poor, Talk)

"Love makes a subtle man out of a crude one, it gives eloquence to the mute, it gives courage the cowardly and makes the idle quick and sharp."
- Juan Ruiz
(Related: Love, Courage, Eloquence, Man, Quick)

"To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Democracy, Eloquence, Importance)

"As a preacher of the Gospel, our late venerable Bishop must have been heard, to form an adequate conception of his superior excellence and commanding eloquence."
- John Strachan
(Related: Eloquence, Excellence)

"Stunning vistas don't always produce eloquence."
- William D. Tammeus
(Related: Eloquence)

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
- Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Related: Eloquence, Silence, Speech)

"One man excels in eloquence, another in arms."
- Virgil
(Related: Eloquence, Man)