“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
“Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” Mark Twain
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.
“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
“Be interesting, be enthusiastic … and don’t talk too much.” Norman Vincent Peale
“Of all kinds of success, that of an orator is the most pleasing.” Oliver Goldsmith
Sometimes, there are nuggets of gold to be mined in the briefest of words. Today, I introduce a new feature on this blog: quotes for public speakers. My plan is simply to let you have the quote and take from it what you will without additional comment from me. The quotes might be serious; they […]