"Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men."
"Rhetoric makes you able to contend."
"Speech is power: Speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.”
Gerald R. Ford
“Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world. Abandoned by his party, betrayed by his friends, stripped of his offices, whoever can command his power is still formidable.”
"Rhetoric then may be defined as the faculty of discovering the possible means of persuasion in reference to any subject whatever.”
“It was at this point that the transition was first made to the conception that rhetoric was a teachable skill, that it could, usually in return for a fee, be passed from one skilled performer on to others, who might thereby achieve successes in their practical life that would otherwise have eluded them.”
"All speaking is public speaking, whether it’s to one person or a thousand."
"The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send out but by what the listener receives."