Oratory Quotes

Most popular oratory quotes

Once you get them laughing and their mouths open, you can stuff anything in.

humor persuasion

To endeavor to move by the same discourse hearers who differ in age, sex, position and education, is to attempt to open all locks with the same key.


Most public speakers talk so badly that a sudden quotation from a poet appears in their babble like a lady in a slum.


In oratory, the greatest art is to hide art.
A good indignation makes an excellent speech.


All great speakers were bad speakers at first.


In oratory the greatest art is to hide the art.
Speeches measured by the hour die with the hour.
What oratory lacks in depth it makes up in length.
Before I speak, I have something important to say.
The object of oratory is not truth, but persuasion.


A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep!
Speakers are most vehement when their cause is weak.
If you haven't struck oil in five minutes, stop boring!

boring people

The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.
What orators lack in profundity, they will give you in length.
Speech is power; speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.
Oratory is just like prostitution: you must have little tricks.
If you haven't struck oil in the first three minutes, stop boring.


Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Oratory, n.  A conspiracy between speech and action to cheat the understanding.
A speech is like an airplane engine. It may sound like hell but you've got to go on.
Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.
My father gave me three hints in public speaking: be sincere, be brief and be seated.
Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol, and an audience is electrified.


That wasn't a maiden speech—it was a brazen hussy of a speech—a painted tart of a speech.
I dreamt that I was making a speech in the House [of Lords].  I woke up, and by Jove I was!
I have never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.


A speech is like a love affair. Any fool can start it, but to end it requires considerable skill.
A speech is like a love affair: any fool can start one but to end one requires considerable skill.
The man with power but no conscience could, with an eloquent tongue, put the whole country into flames.

conscience power

Why doesn't the fellow who says "I'm no speechmaker" let it go at that instead of giving a demonstration?

communication funny

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
In private conversation he tries on speeches like a man trying on ties in his bedroom to see how he would look in them.
An after dinner speech should be like a lady's dress; long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting.
I saw what seemed a mere shrimp mount upon the table, but, as I listened, he grew and grew until the shrimp became a whale.
I can think of nothing more agreeable to the brain and the ear than a speech adorned and embellished with wise thoughts and fine language.
Did you ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg?  It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.
The orator must be, to some extent, a poet.  We are such imaginative creatures that nothing so works on the human mind, barbarous or civil, as a trope.
Some of the greatest and most lasting effects of genuine oratory have gone forth from secluded lecture desks into the hearts of quiet groups of students.
The expression "I will be brief" at the beginning of a speech, sermon, or lecture was invented to allow people to be long-winded (and boring) without the slightest amount of guilt.
In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice.  No one would think of making an after-dinner speech without the help of poetry.  It used to be classics, now it's lyric verse.
There are some people who speak well but write badly. A reason, the audience and the situation stimulate them to draw from their minds more than they could think of without such a challenge.
You can't go wrong if you think of the first two minutes of your speech as an audition. It's a 120-second sample that has to convince your listeners that the remaining 20 minutes are worth their time and attention.
A flowery discourse is more replete with agreeable than with strong thoughts, with images more sparkling than sublime, and terms more curious than forcible.  This metaphor is correctly taken from flowers, which are showy without strength or stability.  This metaphor is correctly taken from flowers, which are showy without strength or stability.