Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 263) – Winston Churchill

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

“Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world.”

— Sir Winston Churchill


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5 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 263) – Winston Churchill

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  2. Emidio_A says:

    Thanks for sharing John. I loved the quote. I agree that the power of words is immeasurable, and if not for them the world would have never progressed so far.

    • John Zimmer says:

      Thank you for the comment, Emidio. Yes, “immeasurable” is a good word to describe the power of words. Let’s hope that most words in future are used for uniting and construction instead of division and destruction.

  3. It would be nice to see oratory making a comeback as an art form, being progressed with new knowledge & science. Today, in the era of storytelling, and being conversational while speaking, and giving a talk rather than a speech, the persuasive power of oratory has increasingly become a niche secret. Let’s hope that changes–sooner rather than later. Thanks for posting.

    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Rashid. It is indeed interesting to see the shift in speaking style to a more conversational one. I have a very conversational style myself, but I still value good oratory. Fortunately, I got lots of practice in the latter as a lawyer who frequently went to court when I was practising law in Canada. Each style has its place and those who can master both (and know when to use one over the other) can have a profound impact.

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