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

Thank you to cartoonstock.com for the above graphic.



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