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Quotes on Public Speaking: Speak, Speakers, Speaking
There are two types of speakers, those that are nervous and those that are liars.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.
There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
In public speaking, we must appeal either to the prejudices of others, or to the love of truth and justice. If we think merely of displaying our own ability, we shall ruin every cause we undertake.
-William Hazlitt, British Writer, best known for his humanistic essays, 1778-1830
Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.
-Evan Esar 1899-1995, American
Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer’s avenue to the public.
The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
-George Jessel 1898-1981, American actor, known in his lifetime as Toastmaster General of the United States
Speak when you are angry—and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
-Laurence J. Peter 1919-1990, educator and hierarchiologist best known for the creating the Peter Principle
As long as there are human rights to be defended; as long as there are great interests to be guarded; as long as the welfare of nations is a matter for discussion, so long will public speaking have its place.
-William Jennings Bryan American Politician and Orator, 1860-1925
Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Its not how strongly you feel about your topic, its how strongly they feel about your topic after you speak.
Don't use words too big for the subject. Dont say ...infinitely...when you mean ...very..., otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
-C. S. Lewis
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