Compiled by Marian Head

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

A recent government publication on the marketing of cabbage contains,
according to one report, 26,941 words. |
It is noteworthy in this regard that the Gettysburg Address contains a
mere 279 words while the Lord’s Prayer comprises but 67.
—Norman R. Augustine

If you’re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something,
it seems to me you should use their language, the language in which they think.
—David Ogilvy

They may forget what you said,
but they will never forget how you made them feel.
—Carl W. Buechner

Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.
—Joseph Joubert

The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send
but by what the listener receives.
—Lily Walters

Customers buy for their reasons, not yours.
—Orvel Ray Wilson

Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember.
Involve me and I’ll understand.

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
—Joseph Priestley

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.
—Margaret Miller

If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation;
if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.
—Woodrow Wilson

Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.
—John Wayne

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.
—Henry Kaiser

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
—Winston Churchill

The most precious things in speech are pauses.
—Ralph Richardson

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
—Mark Twain

You can say the right thing about a product and nobody will listen.
You’ve got to say it in a way that people will feel it in their gut.
Because if they don’t feel it, nothing will happen.
—William Bernbach

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when
someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
—Henry David Thoreau

All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

For good or ill, your conversation is your advertisement.
Every time you open your mouth, you let men look into your mind.
Do they see it well clothed, neat, businesswise?
—Bruce Burton

People should talk less and draw more.
Personally I would like to renounce speech altogether and,
like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say visually.
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A speech should not just be a sharing of information, but a sharing of yourself.
—Ralph Archbold

If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.
—Dianna Booher

The secret of successful speakers? Passion and compassion with a purpose.
—Lily Walters

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care.
—William Safire