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Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.

Speech is the body; thought, the soul, and suitable action the life of eloquence.

Talking and eloquence are not the same. - To speak and to speak well are two things. - A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.

The clear conception, outrunning the deductions of logic, the high purpose, the firm resolve, 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, this is eloquence; or rather it is something greater and higher than all eloquence; it is action, noble, sublime, godlike action.

The manner of your speaking is full as important as the matter, as more people have ears to be tickled than understandings to judge.

The pleasure of eloquence is, in greatest part, owing often to the stimulus of the occasion which produces it - to the magic of sympathy which exalts the feeling of each, by radiating on him the feeling of all.

The truest eloquence is that which holds us too mute for applause.

There is no eloquence without a man behind it.

There is not less eloquence in the voice, the eye, the gesture, than in words.

Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.

Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.

True eloquence consists in saying all that is proper, and nothing more.

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

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