Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 137) – de la Rochefoucauld

François VI, Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680) French Author

“Les passions sont les seuls orateurs qui persuadent toujours. Elles sont comme un art de la nature dont les règles sont infaillible; et l’homme le plus simple qui a de la passion persuade mieux que le plus éloquent qui n’en a point.”


“The passions are the only advocates which always persuade. They like are a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion will be more persuasive than the most eloquent without.”

—  François de la Rochefoucauld

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4 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 137) – de la Rochefoucauld

  1. Peter says:

    Reblogged this on The Presenters' Blog and commented:

    The first time here on WordPress that I’ve pressed the “re-blog” button. I wonder what will happen?

    The motivation for that button push is this superb little piece from John Zimmer with a quote from the Francois de la Rochefoucald.

    Within this quote lies the entire secret to public speaking.


  2. Peter says:

    Thanks for posting this John. It’s a quote that I haven’t come across before, and now that you’ve introduced me to it, I think I’ll be calling upon it often.


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