Eloquence Quotes

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Action is eloquence.

action

Eloquence is logic on fire.
Continuous eloquence wearies.
Eloquence may set fire to reason.
Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
Eloquence is vehement simplicity.
Take eloquence and wring its neck.
Eloquence is a painting of thought.
Fortify yourself against seductive eloquence.
When Gold argues the cause, eloquence is impotent.

gold cause

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.

silence proverbs

You are eloquent enough if truth speaks through you.
There is no eloquence which does not agitate the soul.
Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts
And eloquence.
In conversation, discretion is more important than eloquence.

conversation

Eloquence is the verbal equivalent of a black dress and pearls.
The truest eloquence is that which holds us too mute for applause.
There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted.

enthusiasm

Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.

speech

Eloquence invites us to bring some part of ourselves to the transaction.
A conquering army on the border will not be halted by the power of eloquence.
In painting as in eloquence, the greater your strength, the quieter your manner.

painting

Shame on all eloquence which leaves us with a taste for itself and not for its substance.
To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.
The right eloquence needs no bell to call the people together, and no constable to keep them.
Next to arms, eloquence offers the great avenue to popular favor, whether it be in civilized or savage life.
Great eloquence, like fire, grows with its material; it becomes fiercer with movement, and brighter as it burns.
Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.
Eloquence resides as much in the tone of voice, in the eyes, and in the expression of the face, as in the choice of words.
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, as distinct from rhetoric, has no aim: it is a play of words or other expressive means.  It is a gift to be enjoyed in appreciation and practice.
Eloquence is feeling pouring itself to other minds, courting their sympathy, or endeavoring to influence their belief or to move them to passion or to action.
Youth, beauty, pomp, what are these, in point of attraction, to a woman's heart, when compared to eloquence?  The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.

tongue

In eloquence, the great triumphs of the art are when the orator is lifted above himself; when consciously he makes himself the mere tongue of the occasion and the hour, and says what cannot but be said.
Eloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection; but addressing itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues their understanding.

understanding

Poetry and eloquence are both alike expression or utterance of feeling. But if we may be excused the antithesis, we should say that eloquence is heard, poetry is overheard.  Eloquence supposes an audience; the peculiarity of poetry appears to us to lie in the poet's utter unconsciousness of a listener.
The dancing of speech is eloquence: the aim of a dance is not to get from one part of the village green or the stage to another, it is to create and embody yet another form of life beyond the already known forms of it.  In dancing, the dancers enjoy the certitude of being alive in their bodies.  That is eloquence.