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Quotations about Public Speaking

January 9, 2008

As I was preparing for my Spring semester Principles of Public Speaking course at Georgia Southern University, I went through my quotations files to see what I had on the topic. Here are a few of my favorite quotations on public speaking.

  • “There are three things to aim at in public speaking: 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
  • “You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” — John Ford
  • “There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars. ” – Mark Twain
  • “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
  • “Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to carry on with dignity in spite of it.” – Scott Turow
  • “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
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