Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Solon wished everybody to be ready to take everybody elses part; but surely Chilo was wiser in holding that public affairs go best when the laws have much attention and the orators none. Rev. J. BeaconLetter to Earl Grey on Reform. (1831). See PlutarchSymposium. Septem Sapientintium Convivium. Ch. XI. I. (Chilo.)
I asked of my dear friend Orator Prig: Whats the first part of oratory? He said, A great, wig. And what is the second? Then, dancing a jig And bowing profoundly, he said, A great wig. And what is the third? Then he snored like a pig, And puffing his cheeks out, he replied, A great wig. Geo. Colman the YoungerOrator Prig.
Youd scarce expect one of my age To speak in public on the stage; And if I chance to fall below Demosthenes or Cicero, Dont view me with a critics eye, But pass my imperfections by. Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow. David EverettLines Written for a School Declamation.
The passions are the only orators that always persuade: they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it. La RochefoucauldMaxims. No. 9.
Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democratie, Shook the Arsenal, and fulmined over Greece, To Macedon, and Artaxerxes throne. MiltonParadise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 267.
Præterea multo magis, ut vulgo dicitur viva vox afficit: nam licet acriora sint, quæ legas, ultius tamen in ammo sedent, quæ pronuntiatio, vultus, habitus, gestus dicentis adfigit. Besides, as is usually the case, we are much more affected by the words which we hear, for though what you read in books may be more pointed, yet there is something in the voice, the look, the carriage, and even the gesture of the speaker, that makes a deeper impression upon the mind. Pliny the YoungerEpistles. II. 3.
When Demosthenes was asked what was the first part of Oratory, he answered, Action, and which was the second, he replied, Action, and which was the third, he still answered Action. PlutarchMorals. Lives of the Ten Orators. Referred to by CiceroDe Orators. III. 214. Oration 55, and Brutus. 234.
It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another mans oration,nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome. PlutarchOf Hearing. VI.