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Writing, Speech, Debate, & General Knowledge
2.7 Catchy Openings Using Famous Quotations

Directions: Quotations and wise words from others can often make excellent additions to your essays and speeches. Here is a collection of some popular quotations. Use any of these quotations in an essay or a speech. Identify the topics to which each of these quotations is appropriate. For example, the Quote #1 may be appropriate for the topics of war, enemy, contest, etc.
  1. "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte

  2. "He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever." - Chinese Proverb

  3. "The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money." - J. H. Jowett

  4. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

  5. "Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

  6. "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don't mind, and those that mind, don't matter." - Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

  7. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

  8. "Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late." - Benjamin Franklin

  9. "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." - Chinese Proverb

  10. "Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

  11. "Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." - Benjamin Franklin

  12. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

  13. "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

  14. "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

  15. "Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination." - Albert Einstein

  16. "Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." - Mark Twain

  17. "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

  18. "Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards." - Vernon Sanders Law

  19. "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius

  20. "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." - Mark Twain

  21. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein

  22. "A good way to judge people is by observing how they treat those who can do them absolutely no good." - Unknown

  23. "What does not kill me makes me stronger." - Friedrich Nietzsche

  24. "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin

  25. "I do no not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I do know how the Fourth will: with sticks and stones." - Albert Einstein

  26. "An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind." - Mahatma Gandhi

  27. "Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg." - Anonymous

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