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

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

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

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

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

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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

David Lloyd George (1863-1945) British statesman.


He talked on for ever; and you wished him to talk on for ever.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

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

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and 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, economist and historian.

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

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French 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 and educator.