Welcome to this website devoted to the art of speeches in Europe today. Logos, pathos, ethos brings you some of the best quotes, speeches, and rhetorical tips. As its name suggests, this multilingual website is inspired by the long-standing European tradition of the art of speeches stretching back over twenty-five centuries. It seeks to shine a spotlight on speeches that matter on the European stage today.

Logos Pathos Ethos, January 2016

Dear speech-fans and friends,

The last weeks of 2015 focused on the Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris and offered what we like:

logos, pathos, and ethos in many speeches, from President of Kiribati to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon …

and a selection of compelling and memorable stories, including the Conference itself.

May this reading inspire us as we start 2016: Happy New Year! 

Isabelle

 

Mr President, as Chair of this forum, I commend your leadership and your initiative.

H.E. Mr. Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, COP 21 Opening speech, 30 November 2015

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How to own the room - Women and the art of brilliant speaking

How to own the room - Women and the art of brilliant speaking - Logos Pathos Ethos
Viv Groskop

Pay attention to the first two words of the title: “how to”: they imply that there is a way, that you can learn. And indeed, the idea that we – women, but “they don’t have the monopoly of insecurity”, so actually everybody, really – can learn “how to be powerful in (our) speaking is at the heart of this book. Viv Groskop invites u[...]
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Quotation of the day

« What makes our European economies strong is the Single Market. The British know this well, since it was the main reason why they joined the EEC in 1972. -- Michel Barnier, Trends Manager of the year 2017, 9 January 2018. ... »
Michel Barnier
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Logos Pathos Ethos, December 2015

Dear speech-fans and friends,

 

We have never heard so much French spoken by so many in the speeches delivered this last month.

For the worst reason and for the best reason:

The worst reason: because of the horrible events in Paris, of course.

The best reason: because we all know that speaking the audience’s language go straight to their hearts.

Many thanks to all of you, in Europe and beyond, who shared a quote, helped with a translation, or expressed their friendship in French.

Isabelle


Que veulent les terroristes ?
Nous diviser, nous opposer, nous jeter les uns contre les autres.
Je vous l’assure, ils échoueront.
Ils ont le culte de la mort, mais nous, nous, nous avons l’amour, l’amour de la vie.

French President François Hollande, Hommage national aux victimes des attentats du 13 novembre, 27 November 2015

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Logos Pathos Ethos, November 2015

Dear speech-fans and friends,

 

How to catch the audience’s attention?

Speechwriters’ and speakers’ recurring question.

Our selection this month focuses on refreshing openings, tangible examples, and ceremonial speeches and how they throw light on our challenges today.

 

You may also like to listen to a selection of Nobel Peace Lectures, in French and English, gathered by the radio station France culture in these times between the announcement of the Nobel Prizes (early October) and the Lectures to come (early December).

 

Even better, let’s meet! Our fellow speechwriter Jan Sonneveld – whom I met at the World conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association in Washington earlier this month – will be in town on November 25th. Save your lunchbreak to meet this talented colleague (see his Vital speech: How Speechwriting Changed Me, or his Twitter and Tumblr). A « save-the-date » is following this mail.

 

Enjoy the reading, the listening, and the networking.

Isabelle

 

A selection of refreshing openings:

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Logos Pathos Ethos, October 2015

Dear speech-fans and friends,

Challenges and how to take up these challenges: this has been the leading theme in European speeches this month.

Little surprise there are several quotes in German this time. No worry: they are so well organised that everything has its translation into English J

Viel Spaß. Enjoy the reading.

Isabelle

 

State of the European Union

Our European Union is not in a good state.

There is not enough Europe in this Union.

And there is not enough Union in this Union.

We have to change this.

And we have to change this now.

President Juncker, State of the Union 2015: Time for Honesty, Unity and Solidarity, 9 September 2015

 

What ails Europe, what ails our nations today is a poisonous cocktail of a lack of mutual trust and a lack of self-confidence. We are slow to react to challenges, we are slow to implement even the most obvious common answers, because we do not believe in ourselves, in our ability to adapt, to respond to challenges, to make tomorrow better than today. We are slow to find common answers not because there are no answers, but because we do not trust the word “common”…

First Vice President Timmermans, "Une solidarité de fait", Netherlands Institute of International Relations, 18 September 2015

 

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Logos Pathos Ethos, September 2015

Dear speech-fans and friends,

This summer has been everything but quiet, which means a rich harvest of speeches.

Here is a short selection of empowering stories, varied quotes, rhythmic tricolons, and memorable antimetaboles delivered in July and August.

Welcome back !

Isabelle


Speeches to call for action

 Ladies and gentlemen, never underestimate the power of how you are, and will, transform people's lives. 

It's no small thing to show the world that what's always been done, can be done better.
So, spread your story far, wide and fast! Even the smallest of patient innovations can bring hope and happiness!

Commissioner Moedas, 13 July 2015, Sharing Solutions, Improving Life through Citizen Innovation

 

Change is happening before our eyes at an alarming pace. It is up to us to take action before it is too late.

But addressing climate change is not only about saving our planet. It is also about saving ourselves from poverty, unemployment, war, and oppression.
Why?
Because the rise in temperatures creates an entire range of effects;
from floods to heatwaves and wildfires;
from new diseases and health hazards to draughts and food shortage,
from extinction of animals to entire populations fleeing their territories in search of liveable conditions.
We cannot simply watch this happen. 

Vice-President Šefčovič, 1 July 2015, World Summit of Climate and Territories

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