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Top 20 Public Speaking Quotes


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This presentation covers the top 20 public speaking quotes and the lessons they offer to both the novice speaker and the seasoned presenter. For more information visit our website at:

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Top 20 Public Speaking Quotes

  1. 1. Public Speaking Quotes Top 20
  2. 2. A wise man speaks because he has something to say, a fool speaks because he has to say something.” Plato
  3. 3. Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled. Horace
  4. 4. Grasp the subject, the words will follow. Cato The Elder Quotes
  5. 5. Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. Plato
  6. 6. Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. Dionysius Of Halicarnassus
  7. 7. Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Benjamin Franklin
  8. 8. Be sincere; be brief; be seated. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  9. 9. If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack. Winston Churchill
  10. 10. Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. Winston Churchill
  11. 11. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel Maya Angelou
  12. 12. It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Mark Twain
  13. 13. There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars. Mark Twain
  14. 14. Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. 15. Fear paralyses you – fear of flying, fear of the future, fear of leaving a rubbish marriage, fear of public speaking, or whatever it is. Annie Lennox
  16. 16. Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. John Maynard Keynes
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively. Gerald R. Ford
  19. 19. You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart. John Ford
  20. 20. According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than delivering the eulogy. Jerry Seinfeld
  21. 21. Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix
  22. 22. THANK YOU! Institute of Public Speaking Toll Free – (877) 208-4495