Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 174) – Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924) Polish Author

Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924) Polish Author and Novelist

“He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.”

— Joseph Conrad

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2 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 174) – Joseph Conrad

  1. dlindelof says:

    Hmmm I’m not sure I’m going to agree with this one. I remember stunning TED talks where the speaker had obviously no experience in public speaking, and sounded like it. Yet the message was compelling. Or what do you think?

    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi David. Thanks for not agreeing! When I started this series of quotes, I said that I was going to just throw the quotes up without comment and let people decide for themselves. As a lawyer, I do think it important to say something of substance and make the right argument. Having said that, I have seen the opposite of what you have described; i.e., speeches with very little substance but with powerful rhetoric to sway the audience. Ideally, you want to have both.



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