Henry David Thoreau on Eloquence






“We love eloquence for its own sake, and not for any truth which it may utter, or an heroism it may inspire.”  — Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

I was reading Thoreau for my War and American Society class and came across this quote and for some reason or another couldn’t get past it. It is so true, an eloquent speech by a politician or anyone else, really is valued more than a simple, but honest one. I suppose there is some value to an eloquently put, winsome speech, only if it’s purpose is to inspire truth. 

What do you think?


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