Category Archives: Commonplaces

#12 – Using Few Words

“A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.” – Samuel Johnson

“The three secrets of success in public speaking are: Be sincere, be brief, be seated.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Learn to hold thy tongue; five words cost Zacharias forty weeks of silence.” – Thomas Fuller

#6 – On Mistakes

“The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” – E. J. Phelps

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby

“Avoid using mixed metaphors. They kindle a flood of confusion in your readers.” – Richard Lederer