Saturday, May 28, 2005

Daniel Webster's Magnificent Statement

During all the years I have studied and taught communication, I have come across some marvelous and memorable statements about the impact of communication on a person's life. Cicero, Quintilian, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato and other geniuses contributed their wisdom to this topic.

Yet no one, in my view, has surpassed the words of Daniel Webster, one of America's outstanding statesmen and orators:

If I were to lose all my possessions except one, I would save the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all of the rest.

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Blogger Viewer Plus ... said...

Without a doubt my favorite statement on "communication" comes from legendary math professor and pianist Tom Lehrer, speaking on the '60s phenomenon known as the "communication gap":

"... one problem that occurs more and more frequently these days, in books and plays and movies, is the inability of people to communicate with the people they love: husbands and wives who can't communicate, children who can't communicate with their parents, and so on. And the characters in these books and plays and so on -- and in real life, I might add -- spend hours bemoaning the fact that they can't communicate.

" I feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up!"

9:52 AM  
Blogger Bill Lampton, Ph.D. said...

Now that really is great advice! I remember Tom Lehrer quite well, with his witty parodies. I wasn't familiar with this quote, so thanks for passing it along.

10:39 AM  

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