After all we could get on very happily if aviation, wireless, television and the like advanced no further than at present.... Dare I even suggest, at the risk of being lynched by some of my hearers, that the sum of human happiness would not necessarily be reduced if for ten years every physical and chemical laboratory were closed and the patient and resourceful energy in them transferred to the lost art of getting on together and finding the formula for making both ends meet in the scale of human life. Much, of course, we should lose by this universal scientific holiday ... but human happiness would not necessarily suffer.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.
Some of the men stood talking in this room, and at the right of the door a little knot had formed round a small table, the center of which was the mathematics student, who ws eagerly talking. He had made the assertion that one could draw through a given point more than one parallel to a straight line Frau Hagenstrom had cried out that this was impossible, and he had gone on to prove it so conclusively that his hearers were constrained to behave as though they understood.
To preach more than half an hour, a man should be an angel himself or have angels for hearers.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
That we should practice what we preach is generally admitted but anyone who preaches what he and his hearers practice must incur the gravest moral disapprobation.
Satan is a very successful preacher. He draws a great number after him. No preacher can command hearers like him . . . He mixes truth with error, in order to make it go well, or to carry his point.
Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they are not so well governed as they ought to be shall never want attentive and favorable hearers.
An orator can hardly get beyond commonplaces if he does he gets beyond his hearers.
It is more difficult to keep the attention of hearers than of readers.
For if any man who never saw fire proved by satisfactory arguments that fire burns. His hearer's mind would never be satisfied, nor would he avoid the fire until he put his hand in it that he might learn by experiment what argument taught.
The design of Rhetoric is to remove those Prejudices that lie in the way of Truth, to Reduce the Passions to the Government of Reasons; to place our Subject in a Right Light, and excite our Hearers to a due consideration of it.
There are three things to aim at in public speaking first to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into your hearers.