The C Quotations Collection

Public Speaking Quotes From The Past

This collection of themes starting with the letter C Quotations has a few more commonly known quotations. You will notice a few added instructions for how to make best use of them.

All of the C Quotations are from books copyrighted over 50 years ago. Some quotations that would have implications have not been included. As more are found, more will be added.



My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
And ah my foes, and oh, my friends,
It gives a lovely light!

-Edna St Vincent, A Few Figs from Thistles



And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
and as silently steal away.

-Longfellow, the Day is Done



When I play with my cat, who know whether I do not make her more sport that she makes me?

-Montaigne, Essays II



A million million spermatozoa,
All of them alive;
Out of their cataclysm but one poor Noah
Dare hope to survive,
And among that billion minus one
Might have chanced to be
Shakespeare, another Newton, a new Donne--
But the one was Me

-Aldous Huxley, Fifth Philosopher's Song



Nothing of him that doth fade
Fut doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

-Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1,2


Things do not change; we change.

-Thoreau, Walden



Character is what you are in the dark.

-Dwight L. Moody, Sermons


Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

Emerson, Social Aims


Fame is what you have taken, Character's what you give;
When to this truth you waken,
Then you begin to live.

-Bayard Taylor, Improvisations



We know that there are chiselers. At the bottom of every case of criticism and obstruction we have found some selfish interest, some private axe to grind.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speech 1936



How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!

-Shakespeare, King Lear, I,4


A child should always say what's true
And speak when he is spoken to,
And behave mannerly at the table;
At leas as far as he is able.

-Rabindranath Tagore, The Crescent Moon


The child is father to the man.

-Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps Up



How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood.
When fond recollections recall them to view;
The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wildwood,
And every loved spot which my infancy knew.

-Samuel Woodworth, The Old Oaken Bucket



Little dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so;
Let gears and lions growl and fight,
For 'tis their nature too.

But children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise;
You little hands were never made
To tear each other's eyes.

Isaac Watts, Against Quarreling and Fighting



There are two primary choices in life
to accept conditions as they exist
or accept the responsiblity for changing them..."

Dennis Waitley



Where ever Go erects a house of prayer,
The Devil always build a chapel there;
And 'twill be found upon examination,
The latter has the largest congregation.

-Daniel Defoe, The True-Born Englishman



To one who has been long in the city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven.

-Keats, Sonnett



Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining

-Longfellow, The Rainy Day



The wheel that squeaks the loudest
Is the one that gets the grease.

-Josh Billings, The Kicker


    A c quotation special notation...

    Although old, of the many phrases used in this modern day, this very cliché. Use at your own risk but to refrain would be best. If however you must, make it some what original from the rest. Check out the author, his writings and who he was. Then make the cliché the fulfillment or climax of your point.

    Make it as if “Now you have the rest of the story.” Make your audience look at the cliché in a new way.

    Now back to more c quotations.



I came, I saw, I conquered.

-Julius Caesar, Letter to Amantius, 47 BCE

    Your audience will have heard this but may not have a clue as to where it came from.



When we have not what we like, we must like what we have

-Bussy-Rabutin, Letter to Mme, de Sevignue



We may live with out poetry, music and art;
We may live with out conscience and live without heart;
We may live without friends, we may live without books,
But civilized man cannot live without cooks.

Owen Meredith, Lucile, 1

    This makes a great segue into lunch time especially if there are cooks. If it is a fine restaurant then perhaps improvise...and maybe add that your adulterating the words a bit...

    We may live without friends, may we be deaf,
    But civilized man cannot live with out a chef.



I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But, I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see one than be one

-Gelett Burgess, The Purple Cow



A creditor is worse than a master; for a master owns only our person, a creditor owns your dignity, and can belabor that.

-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables



These are the times that try men's souls.

-Thomas Paine, The American Crisis



'Tis hard to say if greater want or skill
Appears in writing or in judging ill.

Pope, Essay on Criticism



The man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

-Oscar Wilde, Lady Widerere's Fan, III


This concludes the C Quotations Collection. Use these wisely. Use these to attain Speechmastery. Always give attribution when ever you use a c quotation.

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