Mary McCarthy, On the Contrary,
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use the pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time; a tremendous whack.
Sir Winston Churchill
Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.
George Orwell, as quoted in Soni
Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything.
Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration--nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
Plutarch, Of Hearing
When at a loss how to go on, cough.
Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding.
A good speaker makes a good liar.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
I know you will guess all I leave unsaid.
Comte De Mirabeau
Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.
Once I have heard the story or joke used twice by other speakers or entertainer, I avoid it.
The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.
William Howard Taft
Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.
The secret of successful speakers? Passion and compassion with a purpose.
He who knows little knows enough if he knows how to hold is tongue.
Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.
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