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Quotations about Communicating
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Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
Sir Winston Churchill

If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.
Doug Larson

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818), letter to John Adams, 1774

A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)

Words have a longer life than deeds.
Pindar (522 BC - 443 BC), Nemean Odes

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
Sam Rayburn (1882 - 1961)

I understand a fury in your words,
But not the words.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Othello", Act 4 scene 2

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.
William Penn (1644 - 1718)

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.
Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Benjamin Franklin

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Benjamin Franklin

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
Plato

Most speakers are afraid of silence. It is so powerful.
Peter Urs Bender

When you deliver your speech, the only one who hears every word is you.
George Torok