|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| Solon wished everybody to be ready to take everybody elses part; but surely Chilo was wiser in holding that public affairs go best when the laws have much attention and the orators none.|
Rev. J. BeaconLetter to Earl Grey on Reform. (1831). See PlutarchSymposium. Septem Sapientintium Convivium. Ch. XI. I. (Chilo.)
|Ce que lon conceit bien sénonce clairement,|
Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément.
Whatever we conceive well we express clearly, and words flow with ease.
BoileauLArt Poètique. I. 153.
|For rhetoric, he could not ope|
His mouth, but out there flew a trope.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 81.
| The Orator persuades and carries all with him, he knows not how; the Rhetorician can prove that he ought to have persuaded and carried all with him.|
| Its Constitutionthe glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence.|
Rufus ChoateLetter to the Maine Whig Committee. (1856).
|He mouths a sentence as curs mouth a bone.|
ChurchillThe Rosciad. L. 322.
|I asked of my dear friend Orator Prig:|
Whats the first part of oratory? He said, A great, wig.
And what is the second? Then, dancing a jig
And bowing profoundly, he said, A great wig.
And what is the third? Then he snored like a pig,
And puffing his cheeks out, he replied, A great wig.
Geo. Colman the YoungerOrator Prig.
| We fear that the glittering generalities of the speaker have left an impression more delightful than permanent.|
F. J. DickmanReview of Lecture by Rufus Choate. Providence Journal, Dec. 14, 1849.
|There is no true orator who is not a hero.|
EmersonLetters and Social Aims. Eloquence.
| Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.|
EmersonRemark on Choates words.
|Youd scarce expect one of my age|
To speak in public on the stage;
And if I chance to fall below
Demosthenes or Cicero,
Dont view me with a critics eye,
But pass my imperfections by.
Large streams from little fountains flow,
Tall oaks from little acorns grow.
David EverettLines Written for a School Declamation.
|Allein der Vortrag macht des Redners Glück,|
Ich fühl es wohl noch bin ich weit zurück.
Yet through delivery orators succeed,
I feel that I am far behind indeed.
GoetheFaust. I. 1. 194.
|Es trägt Verstand und rechter Sinn,|
Mit wenig Kunst sich selber vor.
With little art, clear wit and sense
Suggest their own delivery.
GoetheFaust. I. 1. 198.
|Intererit multum Davusne loquatur an heros.|
It makes a great difference whether Davus or a hero speaks.
HoraceArs Poetica. CXIV.
| The passions are the only orators that always persuade: they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it.|
La RochefoucauldMaxims. No. 9.
| The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.|
MacaulayEssay on Athenian Orators.
|Thence to the famous orators repair,|
Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence
Wielded at will that fierce democratie,
Shook the Arsenal, and fulmined over Greece,
To Macedon, and Artaxerxes throne.
MiltonParadise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 267.
| The capital of the orator is in the bank of the highest sentimentalities and the purest enthusiasms.|
Edw. G. ParkerThe Golden Age of American Oratory. Ch. I.
| Præterea multo magis, ut vulgo dicitur viva vox afficit: nam licet acriora sint, quæ legas, ultius tamen in ammo sedent, quæ pronuntiatio, vultus, habitus, gestus dicentis adfigit.|
Besides, as is usually the case, we are much more affected by the words which we hear, for though what you read in books may be more pointed, yet there is something in the voice, the look, the carriage, and even the gesture of the speaker, that makes a deeper impression upon the mind.
Pliny the YoungerEpistles. II. 3.
| When Demosthenes was asked what was the first part of Oratory, he answered, Action, and which was the second, he replied, Action, and which was the third, he still answered Action.|
PlutarchMorals. Lives of the Ten Orators. Referred to by CiceroDe Orators. III. 214. Oration 55, and Brutus. 234.
| It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another mans oration,nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.|
PlutarchOf Hearing. VI.
|Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand,|
They rave, recite, and madden round the land.
PopePrologue to Satires. L. 5.
| Very good orators, when they are out, they will spit.|
As You Like It. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 75.
|Be not thy tongue thy own shames orator.|
Comedy of Errors. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 10.
|List his discourse of war, and you shall hear|
A fearful battle renderd you in music.
Henry V. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 43.
|What means this passionate discourse,|
This peroration with such circumstance?
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 104.
|I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts:|
I am no orator, as Brutus is;
* * * I only speak right on.
Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 220.
|Fear not, my lord, Ill play the orator|
As if the golden fee for which I plead
Were for myself.
Richard III. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 95.
|Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear,|
Or, like a fairy, trip upon the green.
Venus and Adonis. L. 145.
| Charm us, orator, till the lion look no larger than the cat.|
TennysonLocksley Hall Sixty Years After. L. 112.