Oratory—The Ultimate Quotation Collection
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85 Page Quotation Collection on Oratory
This 85 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Oratory. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Oratory, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.
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Words that come from the heart enter the heart.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Think as a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
--William Butler Yeats
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.
I don’t practice to make perfect, and I don’t memorize. If I did either, I’d sound like a robot, or worse, like a person trying very hard to say things in an exact, specific, and entirely unnatural style, which people can spot a mile away. My intent is simply to know my material so well that I’m very comfortable with it. Confidence, not perfection, is the goal.
A speech that is read is like a dried flower; the substance indeed, is there, but the color is faded and the perfume is gone.
Be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams—the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.
Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
A good speech, like a woman’s skirt, should be long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.
--Winston S. Churchill
The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Oratory is the power of beating down your adversary’s arguments, and putting better in their place.
All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.
If you haven’t struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
The finest eloquence is that which gets things done.
--David Lloyd George
No one cares to speak to an unwilling listener. An arrow never lodges in a stone: often it recoils upon the sender of it.
There is only one rule for being a good talker—learn how to listen.
All epoch-making revolutionary events have been produced not by the written but by the spoken word.
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