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Monday, September 19, 2011

Top Ten Communicator's Top Quotes of All Time


The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.

From Doug Picirillo:

This is not serious research but I hope you find it interesting anyway.
I took that PR Week list of Top 10 Greatest Communicators of All Time that I wrote about last week and looked around for something memorable that each of the ten had said about speaking, writing, persuading, listening, or anything else that might give some insight into their ideas about communication. I kept it simple, relying on thinkexist.com as much as possible.  In a few cases, I had to dig further for a relevant quotation, but I only applied two rules to select a quotation.
  1. As above, I was looking for something memorable about writing, persuading, listening and so on.
  2. I selected the very first qualifying quotation that was no longer than about twenty words in length.  I wanted to give each of the great communicators roughly equal "air time" and I didn't want to select only quotations that I like for some personal reason. 
Here is the result, a  list of Quotations about Communication by the Top Ten Communicators of All Time.

Aristotle:  Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
Abraham Lincoln: The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
William Shakespeare: Listen to many, speak to a few.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Instructions for making a speech: Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
Thomas Jefferson: When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
Martin Luther: You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.
Winston Churchill: We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Muhammad: The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
Jesus Christ: What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.
Some observations:
  • One (Aristotle) speaks of referent power (character) as more important in persuasion than the words employed.
  • One (Muhammad) elevates the written word above the ultimate personal sacrifice.
  • Five (Lincoln, Shakespeare, Roosevelt, Jefferson, and Churchill) say that, when speaking, sometimes less is more.
  • Three (Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus Christ) speak of our responsibilty to speak, even to shout when we have something to say.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

"No one cares how you feel, It's how you look that matters" Jeff wilson com101 wh940

Genesis Home said...

SAY WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY!


Some people speak by their actions.

Some people speak through the way they react.

Some people have the only opportunity to speak out of preaching.

Some people speak through their silence.


Some people speak through writing...


There are so many ways of speaking or expressing your opinions, ideas and ideas. It's just a matter of finding which way fits you the best to do it.



Rose Hill

Clinton P Alexander said...

I like how a couple of the most important are about keeping your mouth closed. This truth is also found in the bible at a few different places.

Nick D. said...

These quotes contain some unique and fascinating features. I would consider them to be motivational words of wisdom as well. Plus, you sound cool when you remember the quotes and then recite them back to your colleagues with the proper timing.

Anonymous said...

WOW I LIKE ALL THESE QUOTES, I MIGHT POST THEM TO FACEBOOK.. IM VERY SERIOUS.

-HAVASHA REED
COM 101

Michael J. Jones said...

Martin Luther: You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say

This quote fits so near and dear to my core. I believe in speaking up. Because it you don't no one will. You want change, then start the change yourself.

Anonymous said...

These quotes are really good. I found them interesting. I really liked " We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out"- Winston Churchill

Ashley Ramos
Com 101

Miranda connell said...

These quotes are inspirational and they make me think. The winston churchill one i can relate to the most. These are definetly some of the top quotes ive heard.

ANTHONY REED said...

I'M GOING TO TRY AND MASTER ALL OF THESE QUOTES

Anonymous said...

William Shakespeare: listen to many, speak to a few.
I love this quote. You can learn so much just by observing. I think the more we talk the more we block the chance of learning from others.
-Janneth Leon
com 101

SJ Walker BC03 said...

Im a strong believer that what people say shows who they are. Actions may speak louder than words, unless those words speak to the world.

HERE I AM (:

Anonymous said...

Martin Luther: You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say

That was my favorite one. you need to say something if you want change.
Kali Gates BC 6003

Anonymous said...

My best friend of 18+ years always said, "If you don't like what you hear, say something! Otherwise, you're gonna hide in a hole for the rest of your life." Though, I don't have any problems in giving my opinions- I can't help be hear her say that when I do second guess myself.

These quotes tell me, listening is just as important as speaking.

Dulcenea Leae
HN 4041

Alexis Donovan 4041 said...

My mom loves that quote from Jesus and is always telling my siblings and i that if youre passionate about something dont keep it to yourself, let others know what you feel strongly about.

Trevino01 said...

Don't be afraid to speak your mind. Everybody has a voice, and it is meant to be heard and these people are great examples that did so. It is never good to just blurt out anything though. Make sure you think about what you are going to say before you say it. Otherwise, people won't take you seriously.

Anonymous said...

We have been masters of communication since the day we were born. The quotes are very similar in the message they are trying to get out.

Mischelle Nowery

Anonymous said...

i love every quote! most of them is true!

Anonymous said...

I especially agree with the quotes that speak of the fact that we are responsible for what we do not say and what we do say. What is not spoken is often heard. Sometimes what is not spoken is heard and understood better than what was spoken.

Taylor Bishop
Com 101