The Power of Quotations

I enjoy quotations! I’m guessing you do, too. When a person offers insight or explains a concept in a powerful way, why not enjoy, remember and repeat their words? There’s power in quotations.

“A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.”

– Attributed to: Brendan Francis Behan (1923-1964) Irish writer, dramatist.


“People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.”

– David H. Comins, A Cure for the Common Word, by K.D. Sullivan, 2007, p. 205.

It seems that many people enjoy being provoked to think by the wisdom contained in a pithy statement or clever turn of phrase. Hopefully you’ll find, in this book about professionalism, words and phrases that stick to your memory and inspire your heart.

“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.”

– Isaac D’Israeli (1766-1848) British writer, scholar, father of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. Curiosities of Literature — Second Series, Vol. I, 1834, p. 53.

Excerpt from: Professionalism from A to Z — 26 Qualities of a Career-Minded Person