Inspirational Quotes You Can Use Part 1

What You Say To Begin Or Conclude Speeches, Articles, and Books

One of the very best ways to begin or end a speech, article, or book is with a great quote.

To begin a speech on change, for example, you might use one of the quotations from this selection, and say: “Woodrow Wilson once said, ‘If you want to make enemies…'” And you are off and running. You might illustrate the point by mentioning the enemies Woodrow Wilson made, or you might transition to the present and say, “You probably have found that out yourself.”

You can use quotations in letters and annual reports.

Quotations can be used to begin an article, a book, or chapters of a book. I used quotations throughout “Time Tactics of Very Successful People,” which I feel certain helped sales.

People love quotations, so use them with gusto.–Gene Griessman, Ph.D.


“The common fate of peacemakers is often to be scorned by both parties.”

–Robert M. Bramson, author of “Coping With Difficult People.”


“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

–Woodrow Wilson (28th President; 1856—1924)


“A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”

–Tennessee Williams (American writer; 1911 –1983)


“It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him.”

–Max Planck (German physicist widely regarded as the founder of quantum physics; 1858 –1947)


“One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.”

–Victor Hugo (French novelist, notably “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Les Misérables;”1802-1885)


“I’ve always thought I was lucky, and thinking you’re lucky is more important than being lucky. Wouldn’t it be sad if on your death bed you thought, ‘I haven’t had such a bad life after all,’ but you didn’t know it ‘till then?”

–Isaac Asimov (American science-fiction writer, 1920-1992; quote from my TV interview with Asimov)


“It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.”

–Sam Levenson (American humorist, writer, and TV personality; 1911-1980)

Periodically we will publish more of our favorite quotations. The above selection is from “The Achievement Digest,” Issue 80. If you would like a complimentary subscription to The Achievement Digest (TAD), send an email to [email protected] with the message “Subscribe to TAD.” You can unsubscribe at any time.



Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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