No man ever did, or ever will become most truly eloquent without being a constant reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.
Eloquence is logic on fire.
The truest eloquence is that which holds us too mute for applause.
Eloquence is vehement simplicity.
The manner of speaking is full as important as the matter, as more people have ears to be tickled than understandings to judge.
Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
There is no eloquence without a man behind it.
The pleasure of eloquence is, in greatest part, owing often to the stimulus of the occasion which produces it—to the magic of sympathy which exalts the feeling of each, by radiating on him the feeling of all.
Eloquence is the transference of thought and emotion from one heart to another, no matter how it is done.
Honesty is one part of eloquence. We persuade others by being in earnest ourselves.
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.
Eloquence is in the assembly, not merely in the speaker.
It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk.
True eloquence consists in saying all that is proper, and nothing more.
There is not less eloquence in the voice, the eye, the gesture, than in words.
Action is eloquence; the eyes of the ignorant are more learned than their ears.
Speech is the body; thought, the soul, and suitable action the life of eloquence.
Great is the power of eloquence; but never is it so great as when it pleads along with nature, and the culprit is a child strayed from his duty, and returned to it again with tears.
It is of eloquence as of a flame; it requires matter to feed it, and motion to excite it; and it brightens as it burns.
The clear conception, outrunning the deductions of logic, the high purpose, the firm resolve, the dauntless spirit, speaking on the tongue, beaming from the eye, informing every feature, and urging the whole man onward, right onward to his object,—this, this is eloquence; or rather it is something greater and higher than all eloquence; it is action, noble, sublime, godlike action.
If any thing I have ever said or written deserves the feeblest encomiums of my fellow countrymen, I have no hesitation in declaring that for their partiality I am indebted, solely indebted, to the daily and attentive perusal of the Sacred Scriptures, the source of all true poetry and eloquence, as well as of all good and all comfort.
True eloquence does not consist in speech.—It cannot be brought from far.—Labor and learning may toil for it in vain.—Words and phrases may be marshalled in every way, but they cannot compass it.—It must consist in the man, in the subject, and in the occasion.
Eloquence is relative.—One can no more pronounce on the eloquence of any composition, than on the wholesomeness of a medicine without knowing for whom it is intended.