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Public Speaking Quotes


Top 20 Public Speaking Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Public Speaking Quotes

Be sincere, be brief, be seated.

(advice on public speaking)

- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) American president, pictured right



No 2Public Speaking Quotes

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 (1885-1930), pictured right, English writer.



No 3Public Speaking Quotes

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

- Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer, pictured right.


No 4

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of,

(Matthew 12:24)

- Jesus (c4 BC-c30 AD), founder of Christianity



No 5Public Speaking Quotes

No one can speak, unless he thoroughly understands his subject.

- Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman philosopher and politician, pictured right.


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Another Roman politician, Cato the Elder (234-149 BC), pictured right, agrees:

Grasp the subject, the words will follow.



No 6Public Speaking Quotes

The truth is always the strongest argument.

- Sophocles (496-406 BC), Greek playwright, pictured right.



No 7Public Speaking Quotes

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.

- Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher, pictured right.



No 8Public Speaking Quotes

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

- Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer, pictured right.

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The great English actor Ralph Richardson (1902-83), pictured right, agrees:

The most precious things in speech are pauses 



No 9Public Speaking Quotes

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

(Claudius in Hamlet)

 - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.



No 10Public Speaking Quotes

The first necessity for good speaking is a large audience.

- Anthony Trollope 1815–82 English writer, pictured right.



No 11Public Speaking Quotes

Preach not because you have to say something, but because you have something to say.

- Richard Whately (1787–1863), English philosopher and theologian, pictured right.



No 12Public Speaking Quotes

What can be said at all can be said clearly.

- Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) Austrian-born British philosopher, pictured right.



No 13Public Speaking Quotes

The wise speak only of what they know

(Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings)

- J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), pictured right, British writer.



No 14

A word spoken in due season, how good it is.

(Proverbs 15:23)

- the Bible.



No 15Public Speaking Quotes

Only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea on the memory of the crowd,

- Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), pictured right, German leader.



No 16Public Speaking Quotes

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.

- Charles Caleb Colton (c1780–1832) English writer, pictured right.



No 17Public Speaking Quotes

There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.

- William James (1842–1910) American philosopher, pictured right.



No 18

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Before I speak, I have something important to say,

Groucho Marx (1890-1977), the American comedian and film and TV star, pictured right.



No 19Public Speaking Quotes

Words are words. I never did hear that the bruised heart was pierced through the ear,

(Brabantio in Othello)

 - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.



No 20Public Speaking Quotes

There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.

- Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer, pictured right.



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