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There is no talent so pernicious as eloquence to those who have it under command.
      - Joseph Addison

False eloquence is exaggeration, true eloquence is emphasis.
      - William R. Alger

No man ever did or ever will become truly eloquent without being a constant reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.
      - Fisher Ames

The eloquent voice of our century uttered, shortly before leaving the world, a warning cry against the "Anglo-Saxon contagion."
      - Matthew Arnold,
        Essay on Criticism, Second Series

We may put too high a premium on speech from platform and pulpit, at the bar and in the legislative hall, and pay dear for the whistle of our endless harangues. England and especially Germany, are less loquacious, and attend more to business. We let the eagle, and perhaps too often the peacock, scream.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Ev'ry word he speaks is a syren's note
  To draw the careless hearer.
      - Francis Beaumont

By eloquence I understand those appeals to our moral perceptions that produce emotion as soon as they are uttered. * * * This is the very enthusiasm that is the parent of poetry. Let the same man go to his closet and clothe in numbers conceptions full of the same fire and spirit, and they will be poetry.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
      - William Cullen Bryant

O! as a bee upon the flower, I hang
  Upon the honey of thy eloquent tongue.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Eloquence is vehement simplicity.
      - William Henry Burleigh

The poetry of speech.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

God gave you that gifted tongue of yours, and set it between your teeth, to make known your true meaning to us, not to be rattled like a muffin man's bell.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The manner of your speaking is full as important as the matter, as more people have ears to be tickled than understandings to judge.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The nature of our constitution makes eloquence more useful and more necessary in this country than in any other in Europe.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The receipt to make a speaker, and an applauded one too, is short and easy. Take common sense quantum sufficit; add a little application to the rules and orders of the House [of Commons], throw obvious thoughts in a new light, and make up the whole with a large quantity of purity, correctness and elegancy of style. Take it for granted that by far the greatest part of mankind neither analyze nor search to the bottom; they are incapable of penetrating deeper than the surface.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

He adorned whatever subject he either spoke or wrote upon, by the most splendid eloquence.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
        Character of Bolingbroke

Those who would make us feel must feel themselves.
      - Charles Churchill

Go on, spare no invectives, but open the spout of your eloquence, and see with what a calm, connubial resignation I will both hear and bow to the chastisement.
      - Colley Cibber

As the grace of man is in the mind, so the beauty of the mind is eloquence.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

He is an eloquent man who can treat humble subjects with delicacy, lofty things impressively, and moderate things temperately.
  [Lat., Is enim est eloquens qui et humilia subtiliter, et magna graviter, et mediocria temperate potest dicere.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (XXIX)

Eloquence is the language of nature, and cannot be learned in the schools; the passions are powerful pleaders, and their very silence, like that of Garrick, goes directly to the soul, but rhetoric is the creature of art, which he who feels least will most excel in; it is the quackery of eloquence, and deals in nostrums, not in cures.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Eloquence, to produce her full effect, should start from the head of the orator, as Pallas from the brain of Jove, completely armed and equipped. Diffidence, therefore, which is so able a mentor to the writer, would prove a dangerous counsellor for the orator.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Extemporaneous and oral harangues will always have this advantage over those that are read from a in manuscript: every burst of eloquence or spark of genius they may contain, however studied they may have been beforehand, will appear to the audience to be the effect of the sudden inspiration of talent.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The art of declamation has been sinking in value from the moment that speakers were foolish enough to publish, and hearers wise enough to read.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Were we as eloquent as angels, we should please some more by listening than by talking.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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