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Copiousness of words, however ranged, is always false eloquence, though it will ever impose on some sort of understandings.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

An orator of past times declared that his calling was to make small things appear to be grand.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Eloquence is an engine invented to manage and wield at will the fierce democracy, and, like medicine to the sick, is only employed in the paroxysms of a disordered state.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

In an easy cause any man may be eloquent.
  [Lat., In causa facili cuivis licet esse diserto.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (III, 11, 21)

Continued eloquence is wearisome.
      - Blaise Pascal

Continuous eloquence wearies.
      - Blaise Pascal

There should be in eloquence that which is pleasing and that which is real; but that which is pleasing should itself be real.
      - Blaise Pascal

True eloquence scorns eloquence.
      - Blaise Pascal

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
  [Fr., L'eloquence est une peinture de al pensee.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Pensees (XXIV, 88)

Eloquence is in the assembly, not in the speaker.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

It is with eloquence as with a flame; it requires fuel to feed it, motion to excite it, and it brightens as it burns.
      - William Pitt ("The Younger"),
        Paraphrase of Tacitus

Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes.
      - Alexander Pope

Pour the full tide of eloquence along,
  Serenely pure, and yet divinely strong.
      - Alexander Pope, Imitation of Horace
         (bk. II, ep. II, l. 171)

Men are more eloquent than women made; but women are more powerful to persuade.
      - Thomas Randolph

It is but poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk.
      - Sir Joshua Reynolds

Her tears her only eloquence.
      - Samuel Rogers

A good discourse is that from which nothing can be retrenched without cutting into the quick.
      - Saint Francis de Sales,
        Letter upon Eloquence

But for your words, they rob the Hybla bees, and leave them honeyless.
      - William Shakespeare

Words sweetly placed and modestly directed.
      - William Shakespeare

. . . Action is eloquence, and the eyes of th' ignorant
  More learned than the ears. . . .
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Volumnia at III, ii)

Our court you know is haunted
  With a refined traveller of Spain,
    A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
      That hath a mint of phrases in his brain;
        One who the music of his own vain tongue
          Doth ravish like enchanting harmony;
            A man of complements, whom right and wrong
              Have chose as umpire of their mutiny.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Ferdinand, King of Navarre at I, i)

His eye begets occasion for his wit;
  For every object that the one doth catch
    The other turns to a mirth-moving jest,
      Which his fair tongue, conceit's expositor,
        Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
          That aged ears play truant at his tales,
            And younger hearings are quite ravished,
              So sweet and voluble is his discourse.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Rosaline at II, i)

O, here come my nurse,
  And she brings news; and every tongue that speaks
    But Romeo's name speaks heavenly eloquence.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Juliet at III, i)

O, here comes my nurse,
  And she brings news; and every tongue that speaks
    But Romeo's name speaks heavenly eloquence.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Juliet at III,ii)

Say she be mute and will not speak a word,
  Then I'll commend her volubility
    And say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at II, i)

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