Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Thought for the Day



Eloquence means saying the right, beautiful, possible thing, regardless of consequences. Rhetoric means saying the persuasive thing at the right time to the right person or people..."

-Denis Donoghue in On Eloquence (Yale University Press, 2008) p.112.

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Back to my day job. Today I must use a great deal of rhetoric. I will try for eloquence later.

2 Comments:

Blogger Cindy Hunter Morgan said...

That's a beautiful distinction. It also explains why eloquence comes hard, sometimes. Thank you.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Ron Slate said...

Good to see more attention given to Donoghue's fine book. Here's another sentence of his: "But even if we think we know what we can say for eloquence, what does it say for itself; what is it for or against? It is against dullness, dryness, routine, habit, 'the malady of the quotidian,' the oppressiveness of one-damn-thing-after-another. It flourishes in a language and wants to have more abundant life there." I posted a review of the book on my site on March 1 and invite all to drop by.

1:05 PM  

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