Category Archives: Unusual Quotations

Great quotations to use in speeches, articles, and books

Oscar Wilde On Seeing

Unusual Quotations: Seeing “To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing.”   Oscar Wilde

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How To Enter An Ongoing Conversation Politely

How To Break Into A Discussion By Gene Griessman I heard a guest on CNN use the following power phrase to get into the discussion: “I’m going to differ slightly from the other people on the panel.” Here’s why I … Continue reading

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Prepare For Failure: A Speech Eisenhower Never Gave

What You Say If You Fail: A Speech Eisenhower Never Gave by Gene Griessman I don’t like to give any thought to defeat. Just thinking about failure can plant the wrong kind of ideas in my subconscious. But I know … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotations: Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s Self-portrait: A Quotation You Can Use At A Funeral Or Awards Ceremony Here’s a quotation by a famous designer with a surprising and thoughtful last four words. It’s apt for an individual whose life combines pragmatism with creativity. Use … Continue reading

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Political Wisdom: Unusual Quotations

Unusual Quotations: The Difficultly Of Behaving Wisely. “History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”  —Abba Eban, Israel’s Foreign Minister, in 1970 I love this quotation. It is abundantly true. Evidence of … Continue reading

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Art, creativity, and inspiration: Unusual Quotations

Art, creativity, inspiration, and intuition:  Where Does Great Art Come From, And How?   Wassily Kandinsky “Every artist knows, who works with feeling, how suddenly the right form flashes upon him…a true work of art must be like an inspiration.” … Continue reading

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Lack Of Civility

The Importance Of Being Polite                       By Gene Griessman Over fifty years ago,  in 1964, a Canadian poet by the name of F. R. Scott wrote the remarkable poem below about … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotations:No Comment

John Cage’s Witty Way To Say No Comment By Gene Griessman, PhD If you don’t want to respond to a question, here’s one way to do it: “I probably should answer that question with the words of the famous American … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotation by Donald Trump

UNUSUAL QUOTATION BY DONALD TRUMP ”The buck stops with everybody.”  October 10, 2019 (Donald Trump’s version of the statement on a famous plaque on the desk of President Harry Truman: “The buck stops here.”) THE Lincoln Quotation Book Don’t get embarrassed … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotations:Unfinished Work

Unfinished Work:  “An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.”      Paul Valery THE Lincoln Quotation Book Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust: The Words Lincoln Lived By … Continue reading

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