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A Smart Way To Borrow Authority

March 26, 2015 fm

Quotes are a smart way to borrow authority from people who have it. They boost the level of ethos (credibility) in your public speaking.

Great quotes convey depth and wisdom in few words. On the web you find zillions of quotes. Here are some of my favorites. Borrow their originators’ authority; you won’t be a thief.

Better is the enemy of good. — Voltaire

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. — Leonardo da Vinci

All generalizations are false, including this one. — Mark Twain

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. — Seneca

It always seems impossible until its done. — Nelson Mandela

Some people want the audience to love them. I love the audience. — Luciano Pavarotti

A day without laughter is a day wasted. — Charlie Chaplin

Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on. — Maxwell Maltz

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action. — Demosthenes

Don’t look back, you’re not going that way! — Mary Engelbreit

Envy is the highest form of recognition. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — Albert Einstein

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence. — Ovid

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. — Vince Lombardi

Peace begins with a smile. — Mother Teresa

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