15 Poignant Public Speaking Quotes

Public speaking’s importance cannot be understated. Without communication skills, your chances to advance in your career, and life, would be severely reduced. Despite being dreaded, public speaking is an essential skill to learn in order to motivate, persuade, and inform others. Our infographic shares some quotes on public speaking that can help bring your own public speaking to the next level.





























































































“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”  -Plato

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” -Peter Drucker

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” -Epictetus

“The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”  -Mark Twain

“The most precious things in speech are the pauses.”  –Sir Ralph Richardson

“You are not being judged, the value of what you are bringing to the audience is being judged.” -Seth Godin

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” -Ernest Hemingway

“Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.” -Dale Carnegie

“Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.”  -Pythagoras

“There are only two types of speakers in the world. The nervous, and the liars.” -Mark Twain

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The first time you say something, it’s heard, the second time you say something, it’s recognized, the third time you say something, it’s learned.” -John Maxwell

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” – Albert Einstein 

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” -Gautama Buddha

“Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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