Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 112) – Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Prime Minister, Author and Orator

“He is one of those orators of whom it is well said, ‘Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said.'”

— Sir Winston Churchill


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2 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 112) – Winston Churchill

  1. One of my favorite speakers, John.

    Here’s another Churchill quote I’m fond of. It was spoken to his driver as the car door was held open for the Prime Minister to exit and then enter a building where he was expected to speak. The chauffer was concerned about the great statesman, and asked if he was OK.

    “I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks,” was Sir Winston’s response.

    There’s a great book about Churchill by James C. Humes, “The Sir Winston Method,” that I highly recommend.

    Thanks for the Post and a great quote!

    • John Zimmer says:

      Thanks for the comment and the anecdote about Churchill Fred. And thanks also for the tip on Humes’ book. I’ve read “Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln” by Humes but not “The Sir Winston Method”.



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