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Public Speaking Quotes to Lift Your Spirits Before Your Speech

Public Speaking Quotes
The compilation of quotes by famous public speakers will definitely help in boosting your morale before addressing a large crowd. You can even add an element of surprise in your speech by including a seasoned orator's witty quote to make it sound all the more interesting.
Quotabulary Staff
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Apart from practicing the 3Cs (clear, concise, and consistent message) of effective public speaking, it is crucial that you capture the attention of your audience within the very first 60 seconds. You can do so by giving a striking start to your speech with a famous quote. The following list of quotes will not only infuse you with confidence but also lend credibility to your speech.
Words of Wisdom
"Be sincere; be brief; be seated." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
"It's quite simple. Say what you have to say and when you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending, sit down." - Winston Churchill
"If I went back to college again, I'd concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important that the ability to communicate effectively." - Gerald R. Ford
"Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated." - Abraham Lincoln
ira hayes quote on public speaking
"No one ever complains about a speech being too short!" - Ira Hayes
"Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech." - Mark Twain
"Speeches measured by the hour die with the hour." - Thomas Jefferson
"You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart." - John Ford
"Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening." - Dorothy Sarnoff
Inspiring Success
"Grasp the subject, the words will follow." - Cato The Elder
"There are three things to aim at: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience." - Alexander Gregg
ralph richardson quote on public speaking
"The most precious things in speech are the pauses." - Sir Ralph Richardson
"He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense." - Joseph Conrad
"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
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Winston Churchill
"It's not how strongly you feel about your topic, it's how strongly they feel about your topic after you speak." - Tim Salladay
"Say not always what you know, but always know what you say." - Claudius
On a Lighter Note
"The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public." - George Jessel
winston churchill quote on public speaking
"A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest." - Winston Churchill
"Speak when you are angry-and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret." - Laurence J. Peter
"Oratory is just like prostitution: you must have little tricks." - Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
"There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you." - Winston Churchill
"Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either." - Gore Vidal
"I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking. But I do strongly object when they start shaking them to make sure they are still going." - Lord Birkett
"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." - Jerry Seinfeld
"Ladies and gentlemen, if I could have your attention for a moment... I would become a better public speaker." - Homer Simpson
"Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything." - Herbert Gardner
"Every speaker has a mouth;
An arrangement rather neat.
Sometimes it's filled with wisdom.
Sometimes it's filled with feet." - Robert Orben