A Speaker’s Treasury of Quotations

Maxims, Witticisms and Quips for Speeches and Presentations

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About the Book

Every public speaker can benefit from an apt quotation to illuminate a speaking point. This compilation of 2,116 quotations in 263 broad subject categories is useful for political, motivational, and other public speakers along with speech writers, planners, and researchers. The topics range from Ability (“Out of my lean and low ability I’ll lend you something”—Shakespeare) to Youth (“I suppose it’s difficult for the young to realize that one may be old without being a fool”—William Somerset Maugham). Each entry is credited to its author, the work in which it appeared (when appropriate), and the date of origin. There are two indexes: of authors (to topics and their entry numbers) and of highly detailed keywords-in-context (to their entries).

About the Author(s)

Michael C. Thomsett is the author, coauthor or compiler of many books including topical dictionaries, collections of quotations and history books. He lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Linda Rose Thomsett is a professional researcher and author. Her work on this book included many of the more specialized quotation areas and compilation decisions.

Bibliographic Details

Michael C. Thomsett and Linda Rose Thomsett
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 246
Bibliographic Info: indexes
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2945-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1147-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Ability      3

Absurdity      3

Achievement      4

Acting      5

Action      5

Admiration      7

Adventure      7

Adversity      7

Advice      7

Age      8

Aggression      8

Alcohol      9

Alliances      9

Ambition      9

Anarchism      10

Anger      10

Appearances      10

Appeasement      11

Approval      11

Argument      11

Aristocracy      11

Art and Artists      11

Authority      14

Awareness      14

Bachelors      14

Battles      14

Beauty      14

Belief      16

Betrayal      17

Books      17

Boredom and Bores      18

Bureaucracy      18

Censorship      19

Certainty      19

Change      19

Chaos      20

Character      20

Charity      21

Charm      21

Children      21

Civilization      22

Common Sense      23

Communication      23

Conformity      23

Conquest      24

Conscience      24

Courage and Cowardice      24

Courtship      26

Creativity      26

Criticism      26

Culture      27

Curiosity      27

Cynicism      28

Death      28

Decisions      29

Defeat      30

Democracy      30

Desire      30

Destiny      30

Diplomacy      31

Discipline      32

Discretion      32

Distrust      32

Dogmatism      32

Doubt      33

Dreams      33

Duty      33

Economics      34

Education      34

Egotism      35

Eloquence      35

Enemies      35

Envy      36

Equality      36

Eroticism      37

Errors      37

Ethics      37

Exaggeration      38

Excellence      38

Executives      38

Expansion      38

Experience      39

Facts      39

Failure      40

Faith      40

Fame      40

Fanatics      41

Fathers      41

Faults      42

Fear      42

Females      43

Flattery      45

Flirting      45

Food      45

Fools      45

Force      46

Foreign Policy      46

Freedom      47

Friendship      47

Future      48

Genius      48

Glory      49

Good and Evil      49

Gossip      50

Government      51

Gratitude      52

Greatness      52

Grief      53

Happiness      53

Heroism      53

History      54

Honesty      56

Honor      56

Hope      56

Humility      56

Humor      56

Husbands      57

Hypocrisy      57

Idealism      57

Ideas      58

Identity      60

Idleness      60

Ignorance      60

Illusion      61

Imagination      61

Individuality      62

Infatuation      62

Information      63

Injustice      63

Intellect and Intellectuals      63

Intentions      64

Jealousy      64

Journalism      65

Judgment      66

Justice      66

Knowledge      67

Language      69

Laughter      69

Law and Lawyers      70

Leadership      71

Learning      71

Leisure      72

Lies      72

Life      72

Literature      74

Logic      74

Loneliness      74

Love      75

Majority      76

Males      76

Marriage      77

Masses      79

Math      79

Maturity      79

Mediocrity      79

Memory      80

Men see Males

Military      80

Mind      81

Minority      81

Modesty      82

Money      82

Morale      82

Morality      82

Narcissism      83

Nationalism      84

Nature      84

Necessity      85

Nonviolence      85

Obedience      85

Opinion      85

Optimism      86

Parents      86

Passion      86

Past      87

Patience      87

Patriotism      87

Peace      87

People      88

Perfection      88

Philosophy      89

Pleasure      89

Poetry      90

Politics      90

Possession      92

Poverty      92

Power      92

Prayer      94

Prejudice      94

Progress      94

Promises      95

Propaganda      95

Public Opinion      96

Punishment      96

Questions      97

Radicals      97

Reading      97

Reason      98

Reform      98

Religion      98

Revenge      99

Revolution      99

Romance      101

Rulers      101

Sadness      101

Scholarship      101

Science      102

Secrets      103

Security      103

Seduction      104

Sex      104

Shame      105

Silence      105

Simplicity      106

Sincerity      106

Skepticism      107

Slavery      107

Sleep      107

Society      107

Solutions      108

Speech      108

Statistics      108

Strategy      109

Strength      109

Stupidity      109

Style      110

Success      110

Suffering      111

Survival      111

Suspicion      112

Sympathy      112

Tact      112

Talent      113

Taste      114

Taxes      115

Technology      115

Television      115

Theories      116

Thought      116

Tolerance      117

Tradition      118

Treaties      118

Trouble      119

Trust      119

Truth      119

Tyranny      123

Understanding      123

Value      124

Vanity      124

Vice and Virtue      124

Victory      126

Violence      126

Vulgarity      126

War      126

Waste      128

Weakness      128

Wealth      128

Widows      129

Wisdom      129

Wit      130

Wives      130

Women see Females

Words      130

Work      130

Writing      131

Youth      131

Index of Persons      133

Index of Key Words in Context      147