Sample Quotations for Impromptu Practice

July 3, 2007

Learning to Speak


Speaker #1: 

  1. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”   – Andy Warhol
  2. “I’ve been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics.” – Barack Obama
  3. “Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”  -  Henry David Thoreau

Speaker #2:

  1. “No question, 2006 was a lousy year for Iraq.” – Pres. George W. Bush
  2. “We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.” -  Lynn Hall
  3. “College isn’t the place to go for ideas.”  - Helen Keller

Speaker #3:

  1. “Thank you to every American who hasn’t sued me so far.” – Sacha Baron Cohen
  2. “The more things change, the more they remain… insane.” – Michael Fry and T. Lewis
  3. “Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn’t.”  -  L.L. Henderson

Speaker #4:

  1. “Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.”  -  Norman Douglas
  2. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”  -  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. “Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.”  - George Bernard Shaw

Speaker #5:

  1. “The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.”  -  Einstein
  2. “I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.”  -  Wilson Mizner
  3. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”  -  Alan Kay

Speaker #6:

  1. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”  -  Joseph Chilton Pearce
  2. “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.”  -  Oprah Winfrey
  3. “There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.” – Malcom Gladwell

Speaker #7:

  1. “The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.”  -  Lois McMaster Bujold
  2. “Woman is woman’s natural ally.”  -  Euripides
  3. “That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.”  -  Aldous Huxley

Speaker #8:

  1. “Always do sober what you say you’ll do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”  -  Ernest Hemingway
  2. “It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence.”  -  Marquis de Vauvenargues
  3. “I’ve never been a millionaire but I just know I’d be darling at it.”  -  Dorothy Parker

Speaker #9:

  1. “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means of going backwards.”  -  Aldous Huxley
  2. “Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That’s how rich I want to be.”  -  Rita Rudner
  3. In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.”  - Samuel Johnson

Speaker #10:

  1. “When I meet a man I ask myself, ‘Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?’  -  Rita Rudner
  2. “We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.”  -  Samuel Johnson
  3. “Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.”  - Oscar Wilde

Speaker #11:

  1. “A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”  -  Oscar Wilde
  2. “Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.”  -  George Santayana
  3. “The truth will set you free.  But first, it will piss you off.”  -  Gloria Steinem

Speaker #12:

  1. “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”  -  Oscar Wilde
  2. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  - Benjamin Disareli
  3. “Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?”  - James Thurber

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  1. I love the quotes. It would be interesting to see how speakers link them.

  2. Nice Quotes!!Loved them.

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