Eloquence (from Latin eloquentia) is fluent, forcible, elegant or persuasive speaking in public. It is primarily the power of expressing strong emotions in striking and appropriate language, thereby producing conviction or persuasion. The term is also used for writing in a fluent style.
- The most eloquent voice of our century uttered, shortly before leaving the world, a warning cry against the "Anglo-Saxon contagion."
- Discourse may want an animated "No"
To brush the surface, and to make it flow;
But still remember, if you mean to please,
To press your point with modesty and ease.
- William Cowper, Conversation (1782), line 101.
- To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.
- Bertrand Russell, Power: A New Social Analysis (1938), Ch. 18: The Taming of Power.
- A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain.
- That aged ears play truant at his tales
And younger hearings are quite ravished;
So sweet and voluble is his discourse.
- Every tongue that speaks
But Romeo's name speaks heavenly eloquence.
- Say she be mute and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,
And say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
- But while listening Senates hang upon thy tongue,
Devolving through the maze of eloquence
A roll of periods, sweeter than her song.
- James Thomson, The Seasons, Autumn (1730).
- But to a higher mark than song can reach,
Rose this pure eloquence.
- William Wordsworth, The Excursion (1814), Book VII.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 219-20.
- He adorned whatever subject he either spoke or wrote upon, by the most splendid eloquence.
- Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Character of Bolingbroke.
- Is enim est eloquens qui et humilia subtiliter, et magna graviter, et mediocria temperate potest dicere.
- He is an eloquent man who can treat humble subjects with delicacy, lofty things impressively, and moderate things temperately.
- Cicero, De Oratore, XXIX.
- Il embellit tout qu'il touche.
- He adorned whatever he touched.
- François Fénelon, Lettre sur les Occupations de l'Académie Française, Section IV.
- A good discourse is that from which nothing can be retrenched without cutting into the quick.
- St. Francis de Sales, Letter upon Eloquence.
- L'éloquence est au sublime ce que le tout est à sa partie.
- Eloquence is to the sublime what the whole is to its part.
- Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, Chapter I.
- Eloquence may be found in conversations and in all kinds of writings; it is rarely found when looked for, and sometimes discovered where it is least expected.
- Jean de La Bruyère, The Characters, Chapter I' 55.
- Profane eloquence is transfered from the bar, where Le Maître, Pucelle, and Fourcroy formerly practised it, and where it has become obsolete, to the Pulpit, where it is out of place.
- Jean de La Bruyère, The Characters, Chapter XVI. 2.
- There is as much eloquence in the tone of voice, in the eyes, and in the air of a speaker as in his choice of words.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims and Moral Sentences, No. 261.
- True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims and Moral Sentences, No. 262.
- When your crowd of attendants so loudly applaud you, Pomponius, it is not you, but your banquet, that is eloquent.
- Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book VI, Epistle 48.
- * * as that dishonest victory
At Chæronea, fatal to liberty,
Killed with report that old man eloquent,
[Isocrates, the celebrated orator of Greece.]
- John Milton, Sonnet X.
- In causa facili cuivis licet esse diserto.
- In an easy cause any man may be eloquent.
- Ovid, Tristium, III. 11. 21.
- L'éloquence est une peinture de la pensée.
- Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
- Blaise Pascal, Pensées, XXIV. 88.
- It is with eloquence as with a flame; it requires fuel to feed it, motion to excite it, and it brightens as it burns.
- William Pitt the Younger, Paraphrase of Tacitus.
- Pour the full tide of eloquence along,
Serenely pure, and yet divinely strong.
- Alexander Pope, Imitation of Horace, Book II, Epistle II, line 171.
- Omnium artium domina [eloquentia].
- [Eloquence] the mistress of all the arts.
- Tacitus, De Oratoribus, XXXII.
- Magna eloquentia, sicut flamma, materia alitur, et motibus excitatur et urendo clarescit.
- It is the eloquence as of a flame; it requires matter to feed it, motion to excite it, and it brightens as it burns.
- Tacitus, De Oratoribus, XXXVI.