A Quote by Sir John Robert Seeley on books, conviction, knowledge, persuasion, principles, rhetoric, and understanding

A grain of real knowledge, of genuine controllable conviction, will outweigh a bushel of adroitness; and to produce persuasion there is one golden principle of rhetoric not put down in the books-to understand what you are talking about.

John Robert Seeley (1834 - 1895)

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A Quote by John Milton on rhetoric and wit

Enjoy your dear wit and gay rhetoric, That hath so well been taught her dazzling fence.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Comus. Line 790.

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on ability, achievement, america, defense, expectation, power, rhetoric, superiority, truth, war, and world

The so-called "missile gap", a mainstay of Cold War rhetoric, was cited by the Kennedy campaign to justify its proposed increases in defense spending. Once in power, the Kennedy Administration proved less eager to publicize the embarrassing truth, that the United States had always been in a position of nuclear superiority. In short, the deterrent ratio might well shift to the Soviets so heavily, during the years of the [missile] gap, as to open to them a shortcut to world domination. . . . In the years of the gap, the Soviets may be expected to use their superior striking ability to achieve their objective in many ways which may not require launching an actual attack. Their missile power will be the shield from behind which they will slowly, but surely, advance. . . .

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Source: speaking before the Senate, August 14, 1958

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on logic, mathematics, men, philosophy, poets, and rhetoric

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Essays. Of Studies (1597-1625)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on addiction and rhetoric

MENDACIOUS, adj. Addicted to rhetoric.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Adolf Hitler on force, population, and rhetoric

The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.

Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

Source: Mein Kampf, 1925

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