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ELOQUENCE
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[ Also see Argument Character Conversation Language Loquacity Oratory Preaching Rhetoric Speech Style Talk Talking Tongue Voice Wit Words ]

That besotting intoxication which verbal magic brings upon the mind.
      - Bishop Robert South

And when she spake,
  Sweete words, like dropping honey, she did shed;
    And 'twixt the perles and rubies softly brake
      A silver sound, that heavenly musicke seem'd to make.
      - Herbert Spencer

Her words were like a stream of honey fleeting,
  The which doth softly trickle from the hive,
    Able to melt the hearer's heart unweeting,
      And eke to make the dead again alive.
      - Herbert Spencer

Great is the power of Eloquence; but never is it so great as when it pleads along with nature, and the culprit is a child strayed from his duty, and returned to it again with tears.
      - Laurence Sterne

It is of eloquence as of a flame; it requires matter to feed it motion to excite it, and it brightens as it burns.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

[Eloquence] the mistress of all the arts.
  [Lat., Omnium artium domina [eloquentia].
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        De Oratoribus (XXXII)

It is the eloquence as of a flame; it requires matter to feed it, motion to excite it, and it brightens as it burns.
  [Lat., Magna eloquentia, sicut flamma, materia alitur, et motibus excitatur et urendo clarescit.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        De Oratoribus (XXXVI)

But while listening Senates hang upon thy tongue,
  Devolving through the maze of eloquence
    A roll of periods, sweeter than her song.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Autumn

The glorious burst of winged words!
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Verily, O man, with truth for thy theme, eloquence shall throne thee with archangels.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

The clear conception, outrunning the deductions of logic, the high purpose, the dauntless spirit, speaking on the tongue, beaming from the eye, informing every feature, and urging the whole man onward, right onward, to his object--this is eloquence, or rather it is something greater and higher than all eloquence--it is action, noble, sublime, godlike action.
      - Daniel Webster

True eloquence, indeed, does not consist in speech. It cannot be brought from far. Labor and learning may toil for it, but they will toil in vain. Words and phrases may be marshaled in every way, but they cannot compass it. It must exist in the man, in the subject, and in the occasion.
      - Daniel Webster

There's a charm in deliv'ry; a magical art,
  That thrills like a kiss from the lip to the heart;
    'T is the glance--the expression--the well-chosen word--
      By whose magic the depths of the spirit are stirr'd.
        The lips soft persuasion--its musical tone:
          Oh! such were the charms of that eloquent one!
      - Mrs. Amelia Ball Welby (nee Coppuck)

Eloquence is relative. One can no more pronounce on the eloquence of any composition than the wholesomeness of a medicine, without knowing for whom it is intended.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

But to a higher mark than song can reach,
  Rose this pure eloquence.
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (bk. VII)


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