Some of my favourite quotations about voice, storytelling and the power of words. Enjoy.
"Sell the sizzle, not the steak"
Elmer Wheeler - Ad Man
"First learn to be a craftsman; it won't keep you from being a genius"
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales"
Albert Einstein (purportedly)
"To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"We're the most aggressively inarticulate generation to come along since, you know, a long time ago!"
Taylor Mali - slam poet
"Your silence will not protect you"
Audre Lorde - writer, feminist, civil rights activist
"Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting"
Ptahhotep - Egyptian offical, late 25th Century BC
"Nam eloquentiam quae admirationem non habet nullam iudico"
"Eloquence which doesn't startle I don't consider eloquence"
Marcus Tullius Cicero
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it"
"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world"
Philip Pullman - author
"Your tale, sir, would cure deafness"
William Shakespeare - The Tempest
"The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain"
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatesby
"The faintness of the voice was pitiable and dreadful... So entirely had it lost the life and resonance of the human voice, that it affected the senses like a once beautiful colour faded away into a poor weak stain"
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
"There is no good singing, there is only present and absent"