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  • She uses convincing rhetoric, but makes bad decisions.
  • Don’t be fooled by her empty rhetoric.
  • PLAYER: It’s about a King and Queen....

    GUIL: Escapism! What else?

    PLAYER: Blood

    GUIL: -Love and rhetoric.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • What you’re supposed to do in most freshman-rhetoric courses is to read a little essay or short story, discuss how the writer has done certain little things to achieve certain little effects, and then have the students write an imitative little essay or short story to see if they can do the same little things.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • And we’ll keep the same class schedule as before, except instead of Rhetoric and History, we have extra watches on the wall."
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He attempts to make more small talk but I treat his questions as if they were rhetorical, even though they aren’t.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • I’m not sure if the question’s rhetorical or if she thinks I have a clue to her metaphysical mystery.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Rhetorically.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • The question seemed rhetorical, but Mae nodded anyway.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • With rhetoric that would be quoted frequently over the next several decades, Alabama’s highest court affirmed the convictions, using language that dripped with contempt for the idea of interracial romance: The evil tendency of the crime [of adultery or fornication] is greater when committed between persons of the two races….
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • It was Rhetoric and Logic, the book Ben had used to teach me argument.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Texans seemed particularly ferocious on this subject, at least rhetorically.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • But she loved it all because she loved Nathan, and now in reply to his question, which was largely rhetorical, she said, "Oh yes."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I stared, somewhat taken aback by this unsuspected gift for rhetoric.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alan asked, considering the question rhetorical.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He answered his own rhetoric.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • In the impressionable way of sons, I did not consider this rhetorically; I took him at his word.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • His answer would be intelligent and the debate would be lively, lots of clever invective and good political rhetoric.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Langdon knew the question was rhetorical.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Finny asked us, rhetorically.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • A moment before, he seemed to be lifted high above the congregation, carried aloft by his own rhetoric.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Pickering: this chap has a certain natural gift of rhetoric.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The camerlegno spoke with no rhetoric or vitriol.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But as to these Americans, you must tell them to leave at once, that there has been a terrible mistake, that the blessed Van Houten was making a rhetorical offer to meet, not an actual one, that such offers must be read symbolically.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Edward asked rhetorically, and then shrugged.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The question was meant to be rhetorical, but his mind answered it (you call it insanity) nevertheless.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • It was here that policy was announced in broadest rhetoric.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The question was purely rhetorical, since he did not wait for us to answer.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • When an attorney spun mysterious rhetoric like that, it was because he had nothing else he could use to defend his client.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • "Has the time come when me own daughters sit in judgment on me?" shouted Gerald rhetorically.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • What could we do to make it better now? I didn’t mean the question more than rhetorically, but I found myself searching for an answer, and Melanie searched, too.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The girls, who were not used to hearing rhetoric of this sort, had nothing to say in reply; they only asked him if he wanted anything to eat.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • What is called eloquence in the forum is commonly found to be rhetoric in the study.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • And consider, too, what they intended to do to you, and why …. As before, I found her rhetorical style somewhat overwhelming, but in general I was able to follow her line of thought.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • This is a critical point, and one that is often lost in the heated rhetoric of the war on smoking.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • You can thus get the humans to accept as rhetorical eulogies of "being in love" what were in fact plain descriptions of the real significance of sexual intercourse.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • She touches my hair and smiles, kind, trusting the rhetoric of love: Give and get.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • On the day when the rhetorician Gymnastoras left his prison, bearing in his body many dilemmas and numerous syllogisms which had struck in, he halted in front of the first tree which he came to, harangued it and made very great efforts to convince it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He was thirty-four years old, and on this day one year ago he had been a professor of rhetoric at Bowdoin College.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • That spoke more to me than the neglect and the empty rhetoric of the Sharif and Bhutto governments.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • 9 A sensitive explication of the rhetoric of Homer’s heroes is Richard P. Martin, The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad (Ithaca, 1989).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • They had worked for him a short time and the silence of the three of them had made a little kernel of sense in a world of boasting, self-excuse and rhetoric.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • When would he be like the fellows in poetry and rhetoric?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • When I have an address to deliver, I like to forget all about the rules for the proper use of the English language, and all about rhetoric and that sort of thing, and I like to make the audience forget all about these things, too.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • For the Athenians, it was first and foremost essential to master the art of rhetoric, which means saying things in a convincing manner.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • What I needed was a shot of Fidel’s fiery rhetoric.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • To be sure, newspapermen are a windy group and there are a lot of rhetorical flourishes in the episode, to say nothing of the fact that a gust of wind does zip through at one point.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Thomas gets up from the chair and strolls around for a moment, loosening up after the rhetorical workout, and Cedric looks down at his watch.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It was said that at least one Mafia don had been sent up the river by sheer rhetoric.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Mrs. Pullet sat down, lifting up her mantle carefully behind, before she answered,— "She’s gone," unconsciously using an impressive figure of rhetoric.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
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