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Public Speaking & Presentation Quotes

Presentation Quotes Here are quotes I have collected – Enjoy!


“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buechner

“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” – Alexander Gregg

“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” – Dale Carnegie

“Mere words are cheap and plenty enough, but ideas that rouse and set multitudes thinking come as gold from the mines.” – A. Owen

“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Dorothy Nevill

“Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.” – Dorothy Sarnoff

“Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.” – Robert Greenleaf

“No one ever complains about a speech being too short!” – Ira Hayes

“Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope.” -Lord Reading, on speechmaking

“Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.” – John Maynard Keynes

“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. ” – Sir Winston Churchill

“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” – John Ford

“Words have incredible power.They can make people’s hearts soar, or they can make people’s hearts sore.” – Dr. Mardy Grothe

“There are two types of speakers, those that are nervous and those that are liars.” – Mark Twain

“The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about.” – Author Unknown

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” – D. H. Lawrence

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain

“It’s not how strongly you feel about your topic, it’s how strongly they feel about your topic after you speak.” – Tim Salladay

“The most precious things in speech are the pauses.” – Sir Ralph Richardson

“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.” – Martin Fraquhar Tupper

“A good orator is pointed and impassioned.” – Marcus T. Cicero

“Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.” – Dionysius Of Halicarnassus

“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.”  – Martin Fraquhar Tupper

“It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time.”  – Wayne Burgraff

“There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking” – Jean de la Bruyere

“Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.” – Claudius

About the Author: Fred E. Miller coaches, speaks and writes about Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. 314-517-8772 Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com https://nosweatpublicspeaking.com

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