Quotes on public speaking

Learning form other people's experiences and taking advice from those who have and do an incredable job in the public speaking and professional speaking realm is a great way to develop your own public speaking skills and to better your professional speaking craft. Here are a few quotes from the likes of Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Somers White and many others.

“If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.“
~ Dianna Booher
“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave.  The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.“
~ Dale Carnegie
“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.“
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“But I... never could make a good impromptu speech without several hours to prepare it.“
~ Mark Twain
“Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.“
~ Dionysius Of Halicarnassus
“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.“
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
“No one ever complains about a speech being too short!“
~ Ira Hayes
“A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep!  A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart.“
~ Peggy Noonan
“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.”
~ Martin Fraquhar Tupper
“Why doesn't the fellow who says, "I'm no speechmaker," let it go at that instead of giving a demonstration?“
~ Kin Hubbar
“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.“
~ Mark Twain
“The influence of the platform is much more potent than that of the pen.“
~ James Lendall Basford
“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.“
~ John Ford
“Oratory is the power to talk people out of their sober and natural opinions.“
~ Joseph Chatfield
“Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about.“
~ Michael H Mescon
“There are some speakers who are brilliant only when under the influence of stimulants; like the moon, they are brightest when they are full.“
~ James Lendall Basford
“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.“
~ D. H. Lawrence
“Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.“
~ Evan Esar
“Political speeches are like bull horns.  A point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between.“
~ Alfred E. Neuman
“The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.“
~ Lilly Walters
“The most precious things in speech are the pauses.“
~ Sir Ralph Richardson
“The problem with speeches isn't so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin.“
~ Frances Rodman
“90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.“
~ Somers White
“The best way to sound like you know what you're talking about is to know what you're talking about.“
~ Author Unknown
“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.“
~ Mark Twain
“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.“
~ Mark Twain
“A good speech has a beginning, a middle and an end, the best example being "I love you.“
~ Robert Brault
“If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.“
~ Harvey Diamond
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“90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.”
Somers White