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An orator or author is never successful till he has learned to make his words smaller than his ideas.

An orator without judgment is a horse without a bridle.

As thought supplies materials for discourse, so discourse gives precision to thought as well as often assists in its evolution. The best orators owe half their inspiration to the music of their own voice. Yet profundity of ideas is commonly an impediment to fluency of words.

Eloquence is vehement simplicity.

Every man should study conciseness in speaking; it is a sign of ignorance not to know that long speeches, though they may please the speaker, are the torture of the hearer.

Extemporaneous speaking is, indeed, the groundwork of the orator's art; preparation is the last finish, and the most difficult of all his accomplishments. To learn by heart as a schoolboy, or to prepare as an orator, are two things, not only essentially different, but essentially antagonistic to each other; for the work most opposed to an effective oration is an elegant essay.

Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.

He is the eloquent man who can treat subjects of an humble nature with delicacy, lofty things impressively, and moderate things temperately.

I am not fond of uttering platitudes In stained-glass attitudes.

In oratory, affectation must be avoided, it being better for man, by a native and clear eloquence to express himself, than by those words which may smell either of the lamp or the inkhorn.

In oratory, the greatest art is to conceal art.

It is the first rule in oratory that a man must appear such as he would persuade others to be; and that can be accomplished only by the force of his life.

List his discourse of war, and you shall hear a fearful battle rendered you in music.

Orators are most vehement when they have the weakest cause, as men get on horseback when they cannot walk.

Oratory is the huffing and blustering spoiled child of a semi-barbarous age. - The press is the foe of rhetoric, but the friend of reason; and the art of declamation has been sinking in value from the moment that speakers were foolish enough to publish, and readers wise enough to read.

Oratory is the power to talk people out of their sober and natural opinions.

Oratory may be symbolized by a warrior's eye, flashing from under a philosopher's brow. But why a warrior's eye rather than a poet's? Because in oratory the will must predominate.

Oratory, like the drama, abhors lengthiness; like the drama, it must keep doing. - Beauties themselves, if they delay or distract the effect which should be produced on the audience, become blemishes.

Suit the action to the word; the word to the action; with this special observance, that you overstep not the modesty of nature.

The effective public speaker receives from his audience in vapor, what he pours back on them in a flood.


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