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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 139) – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Put the argument into a concrete shape, into an image, some hard phrase, round and solid as a ball, which they can see and handle and carry home with them, and the cause is half won.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 122) – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 109) – Mark Twain

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” — Mark Twain

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 101) – Norman Vincent Peale

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” —  Norman Vincent Peale

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 65) – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moment our discourse rises above the ground line of familiar facts, and is inflamed with passion or exalted by thought, it clothes itself in images. Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 64) – Mark Twain

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” – Mark Twain

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Speeches from Film: Henry V

William Shakespeare wrote many inspirational speeches for his different characters. One of the best known is the St. Crispin’s Day speech delivered by King Henry to his troops in the classic Henry V. To set the stage, prior to the epic battle … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 57)

“Be interesting, be enthusiastic … and don’t talk too much.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 53) – Oliver Goldsmith

“Of all kinds of success, that of an orator is the most pleasing.” – Oliver Goldsmith

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 52) – William Shakespeare

Cassius: “Did Cicero say any thing?” Casca: “Ay, he spoke Greek.” Cassius: “To what effect?” Casca: “Nay, an I tell you that, I’ll ne’er look you i’ the face again. But those that understood him smiled at one another, and … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 48)

“The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 10)

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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