Category Archives: Unusual Quotations

Great quotations to use in speeches, articles, and books

The Past Is Present: Unusual Quotes

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”       William Faulkner                      Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust: The Words … Continue reading

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Democratic Leaders and Tyrants: The Main Difference

Abraham Lincoln on Democratic Leadership  “Men moving only in an official circle are apt to become merely official, not to say arbitrary, in their ideas, and are apter and apter, with each passing day, to forget that they only hold … Continue reading

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Thieves in Politics and Business

“Steal a little and you’re a thief. Steal a lot and you’re a chief.” —-Brazilian expression 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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Philip Roth on Donald Trump

A Frightening Truth The famed novelist Philip Roth died in May of this year at the age of 85. Not long before his death Roth wrote an email in which he described his fear of Donald Trump: “What is most … Continue reading

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Creative Procrastination: Great Quotes

In Defense Of Idleness.                                        By Gene Griessman  Procrastination can be a good thing. In fact busyness is all too often creativity’s … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s “Public Opinion Baths”

“Men moving only in an official circle are apt to become merely official, not to say arbitrary, in their ideas, and are apter and apter, with each passing day, to forget that they only hold power in a representative capacity.” … Continue reading

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Journalism And History: What’s The Difference?

What’s in a word… ”Daily journalism is mostly what just happened; history is what it means.” —Tim Weiner    

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Listen Before You Speak: Lincoln’s “Public Opinion Baths”

Before You Speak, Listen By Gene Griessman Abraham Lincoln never questioned the right of his subordinates, or the general public, to say what they thought. In fact he very much wanted to hear what others had to say. His listening … Continue reading

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A Poem Public Speakers Can Use: “The Chambered Nautilus”

Here are two stanzas from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. I learned lines from this splendid poem in high school, in particular the phrase “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul.” And I’ve never forgotten its imagery … Continue reading

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Einstein Quote on the Mystery of Life

“You and I never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” Albert Einstein, letter to a friend

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