Words Become Us

images-1 Eloquent: to be versed or fluent in speech.  Articulate, expressive and glib.  Vivid, lucid, lofty and smooth-tongued.  Effective, persuasive – holding sway.  Having great power or influence over a particular person, place, or domain… being well-expressed.

To put it simply…to rock, every time you open your mouth.

This word came up when I called Mick, one of my loyal readers eloquent, taking it as a great compliment.  Made me think.  Yes, eloquence is quite a special gift to have and one to aspire to.

JFK was eloquent.  So was Gregory Peck and Martin Luther King, Theodore Roosevelt and Ken Burns who I’ve heard speak with such verve and passion minus notes.

Audrey Hepburn was so beautifully spoken when she went before Congress on behalf of Somalia, we helped them more than any other country.

We mustn’t forget Kentucky senator, Henry Clay, the Elvis of the Senate, who had women as well as men, swooning in the aisles whenever he stepped to the pulpit.

He preached with ardor and zest and linguistic animation- language laced with fire and zeal.

These words grip me whenever they’re spoken even without a famous person saying them.  Just to see them on the page gives them a life of their own without ever having to be uttered.

Eloquence inspires its listeners to go personally higher.  When Abraham Lincoln got to the end of his First Inaugural address, people wept.

We must not be enemies but friends.  Though passions may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearth-stone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the union when again touched as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

Words can change the world spoken with strength and humility.

Lincoln was what they called silver-tongued.  A skill we should all yearn and strive to call our own.

To be eloquent, like Mick.




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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23 Responses to Words Become Us

  1. micklively says:

    Oh Susannah. I can feel myself going red. There are those who say that I’m merely sesquipedalian……


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    There are those that capture our rapt attention with their written or spoken words. And they are remembered.

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  3. Elle Knowles says:

    Well written Susannah. Awww….to be eloquent should be everyone’s desire. ~Elle


  4. The best old time politicians (not to be confused with the crazies that we have today) were often eloquent. How often has JFK been quoted? Sometimes it’s the words and sometimes it’s helped along by the delivery. Great post.


  5. I loved being moved by the passion within the words. I have come out of my seat watching the likes of MLK and JFK spreading their words long after they were gone, yet their messages still relevant. I was also moved out of my seat while watching President Obama gave his speech at the democratic convention, at the Tuscan memorial and after Sandy Hook. He is eloquent, but sadly that gets lost amongst the continuos negativity surrounding his existence. Hellen Keller’s words against war are also at the top of my list and sadly that speech is still relevant.
    Great Post!!!

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  6. Perhaps this is easily said, so many years removed. But, I think to have heard Abraham Lincoln speak, must have been something akin to hearing truth being spoken for the very first time. And I suspect, his words were spoken with such sweetness and simplicity, that one could not help but be moved by his empathy for his fellow man.

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