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Quotations for Speakers

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it again with a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.
Laurence Olivier

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

Fear is not a foe but a friend--a familiar companion that nagged me to do my best. Don’t think of fear as a deterrent. It’s a kick in the rear to prepare.
Helen Hayes

Never, never, never let words come out of your mouth when your eyes are looking down.
James C. Humes

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.
Voltaire

If all my talents and powers were to be taken from me...and I had my choice of keeping but one, I would unhesitatingly ask to be allowed to keep the Power of Speaking, for through it, I would quickly recover all the rest.
Daniel Webster

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

You are the message.
Roger Ailes

Make a point, tell a story. Make another point, tell another story. Make yet another point and tell yet another story. That is the essence of public speaking.
Bill Gove