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Oratory: the art of making deep noises from the chest sound like important messages from the brain. (Quote by - H. I. Phillips)

The object of oratory is not truth, but persuasion. (Quote by - Macaulay)

With little art, clear wit and sense Suggest their own delivery.(Quote by - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand, They rave, recite, and madden round the land. (Quote by - Alexander Pope)

For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope. (Quote by - Samuel Butler)

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. (Quote by - Plutarch)

There is no true orator who is not a hero. (Quote by - Ralph Waldo Emerson)

We fear that the glittering generalities of the speaker have left an impression more delightful than permanent.(Quote by - Franklin J. Dickman)

I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts. I am no orator, as Brutus is, But (as you know me all) a plain blunt man That love my friend; and that they know full well That gave me public leave to speak of him. (Quote by - William Shakespeare)

The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion. (Quote by - Thomas Babington Macaulay)

I am not fond of uttering platitudes In stained-glass attitudes. (Quote by - W. S. Gilbert)

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." (Quote by - George Colman)

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable. (Quote by - Cicero)

Very good orators, when they are out, they will spit; and for lovers, lacking--God warn us!--matter, the cleanliest shift is to kiss. (Quote by - William Shakespeare)

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. (Quote by - Thomas Carlyle)

Whatever we conceive well we express clearly, and words flow with ease. (Quote by - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux)

Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities. (Quote by - Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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. (Quote by - Rev. John Beacon)

Oratory is the power to talk people out of their sober and natural opinions. (Quote by - Paul Chatfield)

In architecture the pride of man, his triumph over gravitation, his will to power, assume a visible form. Architecture is a sort of oratory of power by means of forms. (Quote by - Friedrich Nietzsche)

Yet through delivery orators succeed, I feel that I am far behind indeed.(Quote by - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Every man in it is a great man, an orator, a critic, a statesman; and therefore every man upon every question must show his oratory, his criticism, and his political abilities. (Quote by - John Adams)

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. (Quote by - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld)

Its Constitution--the glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence. (Quote by - Rufus Choate)

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. (Quote by - David Everett)


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