Public speaking or Oratory is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. It is closely allied to "presenting", although the latter has more of a commercial connotation.
- For rhetoric, he could not ope
His mouth, but out there flew a trope.
- Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part I (1663-64), Canto I, line 81.
- He mouths a sentence as curs mouth a bone.
- Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (1761), line 322.
- We fear that the glittering generalities of the speaker have left an impression more delightful than permanent.
- F. J. Dickman, Review of Lecture by Rufus Choate, Providence Journal (Dec. 14, 1849).
- There is no true orator who is not a hero.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (1876), Eloquence.
- Intererit multum Davusne loquatur an heros.
- It makes a great difference whether Davus or a hero speaks.
- Horace, Ars Poetica (18 BC), CXIV.
- 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.
- Very good orators, when they are out, they will spit.
- Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator.
- List his discourse of war, and you shall hear
A fearful battle render'd you in music.
- What means this passionate discourse,
This peroration with such circumstance?
- I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts:
I am no orator, as Brutus is;
* * I only speak right on.
- Fear not, my lord, I'll play the orator
As if the golden fee for which I plead
Were for myself.
- Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear,
Or, like a fairy, trip upon the green.
- Charm us, orator, till the lion look no larger than the cat.
- Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After (1886), line 112.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations 
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 572-73.
- Solon wished everybody to be ready to take everybody else's part; but surely Chilo was wiser in holding that public affairs go best when the laws have much attention and the orators none.
- Ce que l'on conceit bien s'énonce clairement,
Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément.
- Whatever we conceive well we express clearly, and words flow with ease.
- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art Poètique, I. 153.
- 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.
- Thomas Carlyle, Essays, Characteristics.
- Its Constitution—the glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence.
- Rufus Choate, letter to the Maine Whig Committee (1856).
- I asked of my dear friend Orator Prig:
"What's 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."
- George Colman the Younger, Orator Prig.
- Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, remark on Choate's words.
- You'd scarce expect one of my age
To speak in public on the stage;
And if I chance to fall below
Demosthenes or Cicero,
Don't view me with a critic's eye,
But pass my imperfections by.
Large streams from little fountains flow,
Tall oaks from little acorns grow.
- David Everett, Lines Written for a School Declamation.
- Allein der Vortrag macht des Redners Glück,
Ich fühl es wohl noch bin ich weit zurück.
- Es trägt Verstand und rechter Sinn,
Mit wenig Kunst sich selber vor.
- 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.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims. No. 9.
- The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, Essay on Athenian Orators.
- The capital of the orator is in the bank of the highest sentimentalities and the purest enthusiasms.
- Edward G. Parker, The Golden Age of American Oratory, Chapter 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 Younger, Epistles, 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."
- It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration,—nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
- Plutarch, Of Hearing, VI.
- Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand,
They rave, recite, and madden round the land.
- Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires, line 5.
- According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
- The Human Brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public!
- Sir George Jessel.
- What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks.
- Romanian Proverb.
- There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.
- Alexander Gregg, (1819-1893), an Episcopalian clergyman, the first Bishop of Texas.
- You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.
- John Ford.
- Speech is power: Speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
- When a man gets up to speak, people listen then look. When a woman gets up to speak, people look then, if they like what they see, they listen.
- Pauline Frederick