Rhetoric Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old rhetoric quotes, rhetoric sayings, and rhetoric proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.     

Plato

Rhetoric is nothing but reason well dressed and argument put in order.     

Jeremy Collier

The two best rules for a system of rhetoric are: first, have something to say; and next, say it.     

George Emmons

Rhetoric never won a revolution yet.     

Shirley Chisholm

Progressive rhetoric has the effect of concealing social crisis and moral breakdown by presenting them as the birth pangs of a new order.     

Christopher Lasch

Political rhetoric leads only to confusion.     

Tariq Ramadan

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.     

Theodore Roosevelt

It is the fault of our rhetoric that we cannot strongly state one fact without seeming to belie some other.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The rhetoric is the key to the character. It's the verbal music of the piece.     

Peter Shaffer

Rhetoric is no substitute for reality.     

Thomas Sowell

There is a truth and beauty in rhetoric; but it oftener serves ill turns than good ones.     

William Penn

Wherever there is persuasion, there is rhetoric, and wherever there is rhetoric, there is meaning.     

Kenneth Burke

Rhetoric in serious discourses is like the flowers in corn; pleasing to those who come only for amusement, but prejudicial to him who would reap profit from it.     

Jonathan Swift

One of the strongest forms of rhetoric in our society is the rhetoric of blame.     

Kenneth Frazier

Rhetoric paints with a broad brush.     

George Carlin