The passion of De Rochefoucauld

by Peter Watts

Within this superb little piece from John Zimmer, and containing a quote from the Francois de la Rochefoucald, lies the entire secret to public speaking.

Manner of Speaking

“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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