The Best Public Speaking Quotes Ever (Part Six)
Once per year, I post ten of my favorite quotes to the blog. Today’s the day!
Most of the quotes in this edition have to do with public speaking—although a few are about communication in general, and one is about public relations.
I did my best to authenticate each of these quotes. I was able to trace most of them back to an original source, although a few of them are merely “attributed” to that person.
1. “If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”
– U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
2. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
– Attributed to Dorothy Parker, American poet
3. “A bad beginning makes a bad ending.”
– Euripides, Greek playwright
4. “Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.”
– Dorothy Sarnoff, American opera singer
5. “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.”
– U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
6. “The Golden Rule of public relations is ‘Do unto others as you would have the six o’clock news do unto you.’”
– Michael Iapoce, author and comedian
7. “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.”
– Enrique Jardiel Poncela, Spanish playwright and novelist
8. “The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation.”
– Deborah Tannen, linguistics professor
9. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
– Hans Hoffman, German-born American painter.
10. “I love a finished speaker, I really, truly do. I don’t mean one who’s polished. I just mean one who’s through.”
– Richard Armour, American poet
Do you have a favorite public speaking or communication quote? Please leave it in the comments section below!