Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 56)

Marcus Tullius Cicero (160 BC - 43 BC) Roman Statesman, Philosopher, Lawyer, Political Theorist and Orator

“In an orator … we demand the acuteness of a logician, the profundity of a philosopher, the diction virtually of a poet, the memory of a lawyer, the voice of a performer in tragic drama, the gestures, you might almost say, of an actor at the very top of his profession. Here, then, are some of the reasons why a first-class orator is one of the rarest things in the world.”

– Cicero (citing Antonius in On the Orator, Vol. I, Ch. 27)


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