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Keynote Speaker Quotes


"He was the keynote speaker for our better angels." - Andrew Cuomo

"I'm a motivational speaker." - Young Jeezy

"Sex-appeal is the keynote of our whole civilization." - Henri Bergson

"Boredom is the keynote of poverty ... it's dark brown sameness." - Moss Hart

"Bold simplicity is the keynote to good design." - Sailor Jerry

"Being anti-war in Hollywood was an act of bravery on the order of the keynote speaker at a PLO dinner making jokes about Ariel Sharon." - Ann Coulter

"Beam me up, Mr. Speaker." - James Traficant

"I'm a horrible public speaker." - Bill Condon

"Orrin Hatch was the keynote speaker at the last meeting of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He sought me out because he was a fan. I was thinking he had confused me with someone else." - Ted Rall

"Business is all about focus. But with focus comes myopia and to conquer that, I come in to shake things up. To be invited as a keynote speaker is to have a license to interfere and interrupt." - Magnus

"In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life." - Swami Vivekananda

"Listening is seeking synchronicity with the speaker." - Michael Rost

"Self-congratulation pleases only the speaker." - Mason Cooley

"A good speaker does not stutter." - Laozi

"I built all the speaker cabinets myself." - Mike Gordon

"Commencement Speaker, San Francisco State University, 2006" - Jackie Speier

"A good speaker makes a good liar." - Proverbs

"Love is the keynote, Joy is the music, Knowledge is the performer, the Infinite All is the composer and audience." - Sri Aurobindo

"To the Indian mind there is nothing higher than religious ideals, that this is the keynote of Indian life." - Swami Vivekananda

"What is our recourse, Mr. Speaker? What is our remedy?" - Trey Gowdy

"Listening is the process of creating meaning in the speaker." - Michael Rost

"Blasphemous words betray the vain foolishness of the speaker." - Philip Sidney

"The unprepared speaker has a right to be afraid." - Ralph C. Smedley

"Lenin could listen so intently that he exhausted the speaker." - Isaiah Berlin

"A good listener truly wants to know the speaker." - John Powell

"What bores the listener bores the speaker too." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"I never wanted to be a public speaker." - Simon Sinek

"Eloquence is in the assembly, not merely in the speaker." - William Pitt the Younger

"Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident." - Dale Carnegie

"Andy Andrews is the best speaker I have ever seen." - Zig Ziglar

"The higher the moral tone, the more suspect the speaker." - Mason Cooley

"Sorrow spoken lends a little courage to the speaker." - Walter Wangerin

"I am not a public speaker and never will be." - Heath Ledger

"The speaker must choose a comprehensible [verstandlich] expression so that speaker and hearer can understand one another." - Jurgen Habermas

"... the keynote of government is injustice." - Emma Goldman

"San Francisco hosted the first medical marijuana job fair. The keynote speech was titled, 'Jobs and How to Avoid Getting One.'" - Jay Leno

"Every character has an inward spring; let Christ be that spring. Every action has a keynote; let Christ be that note, to which your whole life is attuned." - William Henry Drummond

"For the keynote of the law of Karma is equilibrium, and nature is always working to restore that equilibrium whenever through man's acts it is disturbed." - Christmas Humphreys

"Where I think Milo [Yiannopoulos] ran into trouble -when word spread that Milo had been invited to be the keynote speaker at Conservative Political Action Conference. I think CPAC, by inviting Milo, was an attempt to reach out to Millennials. I mean, they know. I know plenty of young people that think Milo is great, love Milo, admire Milo, think he's courageous doing what he does." - Rush Limbaugh

"We are not wholly patriotic when we are working with all our heart for America merely; we are truly patriotic only when we are working also that America may take her place worthily and helpfully in the world of nations . . . Interdependence is the keynote of the relations of nations as it is the keynote of the relations of individuals within nations." - Mary Parker Follett

"I was not called to be a preacher. I am a speaker who is a Christian. I'm not a Christian speaker." - Andy Andrews

"The path of things is silent. Will they suffer a speaker to go with them?" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"After Nancy Pelosi became Speaker, we were told, 'She's the first female speaker of the House, so whether we like it or not, we've got to handle this with kid gloves. Don't go after Speaker Pelosi. You can go after other people, but you'll be branded as mean and evil if you go after the first female Speaker of the House." - Louie Gohmert

"An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity." - Quintilian

"A speaker who does not strike oil in ten minutes should stop boring." - Louis Nizer

"When both a speaker and an audience are confused, the speech is profound." - Oscar Wilde

"It is not the language but the speaker that we want to understand." - Proverbs

"A good speaker is a good listener who hears what lesser speakers fail to." - Somers White

"To be both a speaker of words and a doer of deeds." - Homer

"Order and disorder', said the speaker, 'they each have their beauty." - Orson Scott Card

"Be both a speaker of words and a doer of deeds." - Homer

"Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts." - El Lissitzky

"I went from MC to being MS, this microphone controller is the motivational speaker." - Lupe Fiasco

"No writer or speaker who ignores the roots of Latin derivatives is secure from egregious error." - Stuart Sherman

"President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played golf this weekend. Obama's handicap is Joe Biden." - Jay Leno

"The present indicative asserts something which is occuring while the speaker is making the statement." - Spiros Zodhiates

"A speech belongs half to the speaker and half to the listener." - Michel De Montaigne

"I escaped from slavery and became a leading abolitionist and speaker." - Frederick Douglass

"President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played golf this weekend. Obama's handicap is Joe Biden." - Jay Leno

"Anytime students shout down a speaker who says something different, this is not good." - Charles Koch

"Some lie beneath the churchyard stone, And some before the speaker." - Winthrop Mackworth Praed

"Dan LUNGREN: Mr. Speaker, I ask that the gentleman's words be taken down." - Anthony Weiner

"LUNGREN: Mr. Speaker, I ask that the gentleman's words be taken down once more." - Anthony Weiner

"Mr. Speaker, as I was saying on November 27, 1979, before I was so rudely interrupted..." - Joe Clark

"Your brother doesn't have to be speaker for your voice to be heard in Congress" - Candace Gingrich-Jones

"In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker." - Plutarch

"Mr. Speaker, democracy works best when the American electorate is engaged and informed." - Melissa Bean

"Lincoln was the greatest speaker and he was ridiculed for how he looked, you know?" - Kevin Costner

"If the speaker won't boil it down, the audience must sweat it out." - Raymond Duncan

"After Nancy Pelosi became Speaker, we were told, 'She's the first female speaker of the House, so whether we like it or not, we've got to handle this with kid gloves. Don't go after Speaker Pelosi. You can go after other people, but you'll be branded as mean and evil if you go after the first female Speaker of the House.'" - Louie Gohmert

"Mr. Speaker, Delaware River's regional ports handle approximately 58 million tons of cargo yearly." - Robert Brady

"Mr. Speaker, Delaware River's regional ports handle approximately 58 million tons of cargo yearly." - Robert A. Brady

"While you're writing, you can't concentrate nearly as well on what the speaker is saying." - Marilyn Vos Savant

"Simon Russell Beale is an incomparable speaker of Shakespeare and a superb all-round actor." - Claire Tomalin

"Speaker Pelosi says unemployment benefits are economic stimulus. Those are bare-bones benefits." - Alan Nunnelee

"Inhumanity is the keynote of stupidity in power." - Alexander Berkman

"Is He going to help Himself to your life, or are you taken up with your conception of what you are going to do? God is responsible for our lives, and the one great keynote is reckless reliance upon Him." - Oswald Chambers

"Equal interchange of goods and service between buyer and seller is the keynote of tomorrow's business world when the vision of the modern business man awakens him to the wisdom of writing that policy into his code of ethics." - Walter Russell

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." - Coco Chanel

"Above all, as the keynote of all Democratic policy, in passing upon any question, let the controlling aim and ambition be to keep the road open for private enterprise and personal initiative." - John W. Davis

"Do you expect sincerity in man when hypocrisy is the very keynote of human nature? We are nurtured on it; we are schooled in it, we live by it; and we rarely realize it.' - Book 3, Chapter 16" - Rafael Sabatini

"Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization." - Henri Bergson

"I can't resist telling you that when the Vienna Economics Institute celebrated its centennial, many years ago, they invited, as their keynote speaker, my father [John Kenneth Galbraith]. The leading economists of the Austrian school- including von Hayek and von Haberler - returned for the occasion. And so my father took a moment to reflect on the economic triumphs of the Austrian Republic since the war, which, he said, "would not have been possible without the contribution of these men." They nodded - briefly - until it dawned on them what he meant. They'd all left the country in the 1930s." - James K. Galbraith

"Dialogue has to show not only something about the speaker that is its own revelation, but also maybe something about the speaker that he doesn't know but the other character does know." - Eudora Welty

"I didn't need to be speaker because I needed a fancy title or a big office. I wanted to be speaker so I could lead an effort to deal with the serious issues that are facing our country." - John Boehner

"A speaker who is attempting to move people to thought or action must concern himself with Pathos." - Aristotle

"Nowadays, when a speaker tells the graduates that the future is theirs-is that a promise or a threat?" - Milton Berle

"Some days you exist like the last speaker of an extinct language. These are the silences that litter the heart." - Richard Jackson

"An important fact about verbal behavior is that speaker and listener may reside within the same skin." - B F Skinner

"Teaching...can be likened to a conversation in which you listen to the speaker carefully before you reply." - Marie Clay

"To remain silent is the most useful service that a mediocre speaker can render to the public good." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"...the problem with words is that once spoken, they cannot find their way back to the speaker alone." - Arturo Perez-Reverte

"Radio affects most intimately, person-to-perso n, offering a world of unspoken communication between writer-speaker and the listener" - Marshall Mcluhan

"Just recognize that you are not going to become a comfortable public speaker overnight. It can take a long time." - Dana Perino

"Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience." - Dorothy Parker

"We fear that the glittering generalities of the speaker have left an impression more delightful than permanent." - Franklin J. Dickman

"A talk is a voyage. It must be charted. The speaker who starts nowhere, usually gets there." - Dale Carnegie

"In Hollywood, as I've often said, if you don't sing or dance, you end up as an after-dinner speaker." - Ronald Reagan

"Mr Speaker, I withdraw my statement that half the cabinet are asses - half the cabinet are not asses." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Why tell me that a man is a fine speaker, if it is not the truth that he is speaking?" - Thomas Carlyle

"it makes a great difference to a speaker whether he has something to say, or has to say something." - Nellie L. McClung

"The sermon of your life in tough times ministers to people more powerfully than the most eloquent speaker." - Bill Bright

"You may not know this, but I'm an impressionist. Allow me to do my impression of a competent public speaker." - Gary Apple

"I ain't a rapper; I'm a motivational speaker. I don't do shows; I do seminars. I really talk to people." - Young Jeezy

"An actor is an expert at being someone else. A speaker is an expert at being themselves." - Olivia

"Wilson stopped and stood silent. Inattention dies a quick and sure death when a speaker does that." - Mark Twain

"Those who choose, conduct, present, and accompany the music may influence the spirit of reverence ... more than a speaker does." - Boyd K. Packer

"The empirical usability of the sacred ceremonial words makes both the speaker and listener believe in their corporeal presence." - Theodor Adorno

"Earl Nightingale has inspired more people toward success and fortune than any other motivational speaker on the planet." - Zig Ziglar

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the definition of a marriage as between one man and one woman." - Randy Neugebauer

"Every speaker has a mouth; An arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it's filled with wisdom. Sometimes it's filled with feet." - Robert Orben

"Being a comfortable public speaker, which involves easily being able to go off-script, strongly signals competence." - Amy Cuddy

"When the Grateful Dead needed a quality sound system to deliver our sonic payload, I learned electronics and speaker design." - Mickey Hart

"Free speech has a very small constituency on the modern campus, particularly if the speaker under attack is conservative." - John Leo

"In all sincere speech there is power, not necessarily great power, but as much as the speaker is capable of." - George Henry Lewes

"The pure work implies the disappearance of the poet as speaker, who hands over to the words." - Stephane Mallarme

"Mr. Speaker, the time for an increase in the minimum wage has not just arrived; it is long overdue." - Sherwood Boehlert

"I was a member of the Florida legislature for nine years, the speaker of the house, majority leader, majority whip." - Marco Rubio

"Micing it from two different angles in front of the speaker sounds huge, and it's so simple." - Scott Putesky

"When speech is divorced from speaker and word from meaning, what is left is just ritual, language as ritual." - Ellen Goodman

"I read that my lifelong dream is to serve as speaker with Hillary Clinton as president. So what?" - Nancy Pelosi

"If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?" - Thomas Carlyle

"A career public speaker is not what I'm called to be. I'm called to be a critic." - Tony Campolo

"I have been in America only once since Mr. Clinton became your president - as a speaker at the United Nations." - Mangosuthu Buthelezi

"Families, like countries, take their prophets unkindly, but a verse-speaker in the house is dishonor to be hooted." - Dylan Thomas

"If you had the opportunity to cast your vote for speaker, would you vote for Nancy Pelosi?" - Alan Nunnelee

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Peace Corps as it reached its 45th anniversary on March 1, 2006." - Solomon Ortiz

"I expect if you're a professional public speaker, you probably wouldn't want to go onstage and sing and play drums." - Neil Peart

"Being the first woman speaker and breaking the marble ceiling is pretty important. Now it's time to move on." - Nancy Pelosi

"The great improvement of the radio over the telephone is that it may be turned off without offending the speaker." - Richard Armour

"As words have an effective power of their own, curses reported against someone might turn against the speaker." - Gustave Flaubert

"Paul Ryan is speaker of the house and that - that is up to members of the caucus. Donald Trump is not running for a congressman from Manhattan where he would actually vote on the speaker. But I appreciate the good wishes that we're actually going to be the next president of the United States and that we'll have to work with the speaker." - Kellyanne Conway

"One of the things that I did before I ran for president is I was a professional speaker. Not a motivational speaker - an inspirational speaker. Motivation comes from within. You have to be inspired. That's what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public, I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed." - Herman Cain

"Choice is the keynote of self-determinism. To determine anything, you must have the choice to determine. Choice to determine means that you must have the power of decision. Decision and time have a lot in common. When we have clean, clear decision, we have clean, clear time. And when we have indecision, there is an unclarity about time." - L Ron Hubbard

"A hat is an expression of a woman's soul. It is something that she wears on her head, but it belongs to her heart. It is the keynote of her personality, the finishing touch that makes her look beautiful, smart, and sure of herself." - Lilly Dache

"All melodious poets shall be hoarse as street ballads, when once the penetrating keynote of nature and spirit is sounded-the earth-beat, sea-beat, heart-beat, which make the tune to which the sun rolls, and the globule of blood and the sap of the trees." - Charles Ives

"Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons." Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting an education and survived, in her keynote speech to the United Nations, 12th July 2013." - Malala Yousafzai

"Indeed, the keynote of government is injustice. With the arrogance and self-sufficiency of the King who could do no wrong, governments ordain, judge, condemn, and punish the most insignificant offenses, while maintaining themselves by the greatest of all offenses, the annihilation of individual liberty." - Emma Goldman

"Might we never be the helpers of the great hinderer, Satan! Let us ask that the Lord Jesus would so perfectly tune our spirits to the keynote of His exceeding great love, that all our unconscious influence may breathe only of that love, and help all with whom we come in contact to obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." - Frances Ridley Havergal

"When I saw the sun bears at the Oakland Zoo, I immediately was drawn to them. Not to be ornery, but regarding what you said about the speaker identifying with the bear: I'm not sure it's exactly right to say that the speaker feels that the bear must share his sadness, or whatever else he is feeling. That would be classic pathetic fallacy, which is certainly generative for poetry, but here the speaker appears actually to be rejecting that idea." - Matthew Zapruder

"As medium for reaching understanding, speech acts serve: a) to establish and renew interpersonal relations, whereby the speaker takes up a relation to something in the world of legitimate social orders; b) to represent states and events, whereby the speaker takes up a relation to something in the world of existing states of affairs; c) to manifest experiences that is, to represent oneself- whereby the speaker takes up a relation to something in the subjective world to which he has privileged access." - Jurgen Habermas

"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." - Donald James

"There is at least as much eloquence in the voice, eyes, and air of a speaker as in his choice of words." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"We know the speaker has received adequate empathy when a. we sense a release of tension, or b. the flow of words comes to a halt." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Jim Rohn has been my favorite speaker for many years. He has changed my life for the better and can change yours too." - Roger Dawson

"Speech belongs half to the speaker, half to the listener. The latter must prepare to receive it according to the motion it takes." - Michel De Montaigne

"House Speaker John Boehner says President Obama should have clearly outlined his exact plans before bombing Libya. Apparently it's only Iraq where you don't have to do that." - Jay Leno

"Kind words are benedictions. The are not only instruments of power, but of benevolence and courtesy; blessings both to the speaker and hearer of them." - Arthur Frederick Saunders

"We decipherers cannot afford to be as picky as the linguist, who can always run back to a native speaker for a few more forms." - E. J. W. Barber

"With all due respect to Speaker Hastert, trying to eliminate the IRS by adopting a national retail sales tax is a very dumb idea." - Bruce Bartlett



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