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    Whatever we conceive well we express clearly, and words flow with
    ease.
    [Fr., Ce que l'on concoit bien s'enonce clairement,
    Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisement.]

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I asked of my dear friend Orator Prig:
"What's the first part of oratory?" He said, "A great wig."
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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."

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I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts.
I am no orator, as Brutus is,
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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.

by William Shakespeare Found in: Oratory Quotes,
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He mouths a sentence as curs mouth a bone.

He mouths a sentence as curs mouth a bone.

by Charles Churchill Found in: Oratory Quotes,
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Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.

Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Found in: Oratory Quotes,
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There is no true orator who is not a hero.

There is no true orator who is not a hero.

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Found in: Oratory Quotes,
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Its Constitution--the glittering and sounding generalities of
natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence.

Its Constitution--the glittering and sounding generalities of
natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence.

by Rufus Choate Found in: Oratory Quotes,
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Besides, as is usually the case, we are much more affected by the
words which we hear, for though read more

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.
[Lat., Praeterea multo magis, ut vulgo dicitur viva vox afficit:
nam licet acriora sint, quae legas, ultius tamen in ammo sedent,
quae pronuntiatio, vultus, habitus, gestus dicentis adfigit.]

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If you did wed my sister for her wealth,
Then for her wealth's sake use her with more kindness:
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If you did wed my sister for her wealth,
Then for her wealth's sake use her with more kindness:
Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth;
Muffle your false love with some show of blindness:
Let not my sister read it in your eye;
Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator;
Look sweet, spear fair, become disloyalty;
Apparel vice like virtue's harbinger;
Bear a fair presence, though your heart be tainted;
Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint;
Be secret-false: what need she be acquainted?

by William Shakespeare Found in: Oratory Quotes,
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The Orator persuades and carries all with him, he knows not how;
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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.

by Thomas Carlyle Found in: Oratory Quotes,
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