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Rhetoric Quotes


These are some of the best 'Rhetoric' quotations and sayings.

All a rhetorician's rules teach nothing but to name his tools.

All the arts of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment.

Mere rhetoric, in serious discourses, is like flowers in corn, pleasing to those who look only for amusement, but prejudicial to him who would reap profit from it.

Rhetoric and dialectics can't change what I have learned from observation and experience.

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.

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big. See quote detail

Rhetoric is cheap, evidence comes more dearly.

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

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

Rhetoric without logic, is like a tree with leaves and blossoms, but no root; yet more are taken with rhetoric than logic, because they are caught with fine expressions when they understand not reason.

The best rules of rhetoric are, to speak intelligently; speak from the heart; have something to say; say it; and stop when you've done.

The florid, elevated, and figurative way is for the passions; for love and hatred, fear and anger, are begotten in the soul by showing their objects out of their true proportion, either greater than the life, or less; but instruction is to be given by showing them what they naturally are. A man is to be cheated into passion, but reasoned into truth.

There is truth and beauty in rhetoric; but it oftener serves ill turns than good ones.