Audience Quotes

When I get through with my speech, there’s usually a great awakening.

It is better to leave your audience before your audience leaves you.

Sometimes when a speaker has the audience on the edge of their seats, they’re trying to muster up the nerve to get up and go home.

Many speakers confuse the seating capacity of the hall with the sitting capacity of the audience.

Each of us here, has a job to do in this hour. Mine is to talk and yours is to listen. My hope is that you will not finish your job before I finish mine.

I’ve always disliked following other speakers. Once I followed one who was so bad the audience was still booing him all the way through my speech.

The square people think I’m too hip, and the hip people think I’m too square.

An audience is like a broad. If you’re indifferent, Endsville.

(A woman cornered him and said in a treacly, gushing voice: “Doesn’t it thrill you, Mr. Churchill, to know that every time you make a speech the hall is packed to overflowing?”) “It is quite flattering,” Mr. Churchill replied, “but whenever I feel this way I always remember that if instead of making a political […]

When Dr. Edith Sitwell and her brother, Sir Osbert Sitwell, were in Hollywood, they gave a reading of their poems. Sir Osbert suddenly turned to the audience and asked: “Can you hear me?” One man answered: “No.” Sir Osbert replied: “Then pay a little more attention.”