The art of public speaking

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Page 11 - Of pain or pleasure dissipating all Opinion's feeble coverings, and the veil Spun from the cobweb fashion of the times To hide the feeling heart ? Then Nature speaks Her genuine language, and the words of men, Big with the very motion of their souls, Declare with what accumulated force The impetuous nerve of passion urges on The native weight and energy of things.
Page 27 - ... writes will permit, to make them correspond to the boundaries assigned by Nature to the things signified. That the lofty and the vehement, though still distinguishable, are sometimes combined, and act with united force, is not to be denied. It is then only that the orator can be said to fight with weapons which are at once sharp, massive, and refulgent, which, like heaven's artillery, dazzle while they strike, which overpower the sight and the heart at the same instant.
Page 17 - Men are not tied to one another by papers and seals. They are led to associate by resemblances, by conformities, by sympathies. It is with nations as with individuals. Nothing is so strong a tie of amity between nation and nation as correspondence in laws, customs, manners, and habits of life. They have more than the force of treaties in themselves. They are obligations written in the heart.
Page 35 - Such precedents are numberless, we draw Our right from custom ; custom is a law As high as Heaven, as wide as seas or, land ; As ancient as the world is our command.
Page 98 - A volume as novel in its idea as it is unique in its character. We do not think any work with which we are acquainted would prove more useful for reference."— Liverpool Chronicle, HOW A PENNY BECAME A THOUSAND POUNDS.
Page 52 - ... as much to be relied on as the activity and sagacity of an instinct. Mere learning, observation, or reflection will not accomplish it. Practice, effort, and industry, as well as sedulous, severe, and solitary study, are required. Of the genuine forensic mind it may be truly said : — " All things within it Are so digested, fitted, and composed, As it shows Wit had married Order.
Page 99 - I hail with thankfulness every fresh book on natural history, as a fresh boon to the young. Books of Natural History are finding their way more and more into drawing-rooms and school-rooms, and creating greater thirst for knowledge.
Page 42 - It is the mark which we have made upon society by the whole course and tenor of our lives. He, therefore, who seeks to mould opinion, change the current of thought, guide the determinations of men, 'and urge them to decisions which affect the interests of many, and perhaps the destinies of nations, ought to be possessed of a social repute which would add weight to his address, and convince of the straightforward honour of the habits of his life and thought. This is something widely different from...
Page 42 - Character depends, for the most part, on the possession of fixed principles, firmly grasped and consistently promoted ; of personal integrity and trustworthiness ; of moderation in tone, temper, life, action, and transaction ; of cautious and diligent attention to the duties of a station ; of care in the selection of associates, and in the forming of intimacies ; and of the upholding of a fearlessly consistent mode of life in daily habit and in public conference. Character can rarely be put on as...
Page 90 - Eloquence endeavours to set religion persuasively before the minds of men ; and religion, as " the ministry of reconciliation," when it works upon, into, and throughout the heart, originates within them "newness of life," perfects their nature, changes their character in its inner essence, but chiefly alters their relationship with " God in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.

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