An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





When a man gets talking about himself, he seldom fails to be eloquent and often reaches the sublime.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The finest eloquence is that which gets things done; the worst is that which delays them.


David Lloyd George (1863-1945, British Prime Minister)


He talked on forever; and you wished him to talk on forever.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


The longer I live, the more I have come to value the gift of eloquence. Every American youth, if he desires for any purpose to get influence over his countrymen in an honorable way, will seek to become a good public speaker.


George F. Hoar


There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.


David Hume (1711-1776, Scottish philosopher, historian)


True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Today it is not the classroom nor the classics which are the repositories of models of eloquence, but the ad agencies.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


In an easy matter. Anybody can be eloquent.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


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