Category Archives: Unusual Quotations

Great quotations to use in speeches, articles, and books

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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Einstein Quote: 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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Leonardo da Vinci’s Procrastinations

Here’s an anonymous quote I came upon a while back: “In order to do great things, it is necessary to be slightly underemployed.” Leonardo da Vinci seems to have agreed. He told one of his patrons, “Man of lofty genius … Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln Criticize the Supreme Court

What Presidents Say Publicly When the Supreme Court Makes a Bad Decision by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Relations between the U.S. Supreme Court and the President are often strained.  And for good reason.  The potential is always present for unelected justices … Continue reading

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History Lessons on Memorial Day

History Lessons on Memorial Day By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. A nation that does not know its past is ignorant, Teach it. A nation that lives in its past is asleep. Awaken it. A nation that does not learn from its … Continue reading

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How To Give A Heartfelt Speech

Lessons From Lincoln: What You Say When You Give A Heartfelt Speech By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. “It is a gem that rightly took its place as one of the greatest of his speeches, but that is seldom recognized for what … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln Jokes About Soldiers and War

Abraham Lincoln’s Humor: Two Stories About Soldiers and War By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Few topics were off-limits for Abraham Lincoln’s humor—death, sex, race, defecation, patriotism, preachers, religion in general, politicians, war. You name it. The topics that “proper” and “refined” … Continue reading

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