Quotes for Speeches


"I've seen American soldiers bring hope and leave graves in every corner of the world. I have seen this nation overcome Depression and segregation and communism, turning back mortal threats to human freedom. And I have stood in awe of American courage and decency, the virtues so rare in history and so common in this precious place." -- Bob Dole, on accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom


"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink, but you can salt the oats." -- Madeline Hunter


"Give me a good set of clubs, fine weather, and a beautiful partner, and you can keep my clubs and the weather." -- Jack Benny, on Golf


"A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and the contribution he is making to praise the skills of others." -- Wayne Reeves (October, 1985)


"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -- Italian Proverb


"People keep asking me when I'm going to retire. They say you're supposed to slow down & take it easy when you get old....If I had started slowing down when I was 65 or 70, by now I'd be stopped. A turtle would move faster. But I didn't slow down, I kept going, and now there isn't a turtle around that can pass me." -- George Burns


"It isn't the incompetent who destroy an org. The incompetent never get in a pos. to destroy it. It is those who have achieved something & want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up". -- F.M. Young


"My grandfather once told me that there are 2 kinds of people: those who do the work & those who take the credit. He told me to be in the 1st group; there was less competition there." -- Indira Gandhi


"I can try to hit a moving target, but don't ask me to aim at a moving target that keeps changing its size, too." -- Fred Hitt, GE Programmer.


"The only thing of value we can give kids is what we are, not what we have." -- Leo Buscaglia


"There's nothing wrong with using four-letter words in explaining the facts of life to children—words like love, help, care, give..." -- Sam Levenson


"Most of the mistakes of our lives come from feeling when we ought to think and thinking when we ought to feel."

"Keep your fears to yourself; share your courage with others" -- Robert Louis Stevenson


"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will note; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not; unrealized genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." -- Calvin Coolidge


"The Government are very keen on amassing statistics — they collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But what you must never forget is that every one of those figures come in the first instance from the village watchman, who just puts down what he damn pleases." -- Sir Josia Stamp


"When Nixon resigned from office, I cried. It wasn't because Nixon resigned; it was because we could have a transfer of power without a revolution. That never happens in China." -- Alex Cheng