Public Speaking Course:
Quotations can also be used during your presentations. It doesn't really matter if the quotation is funny or not since you are just reciting it. You didn't write it and it can still be used to make your point.
You can use the power of the name of the person who said it to make more of an impact. If the remark is funny, people will be more likely to laugh or at least chuckle if a well known person said it. These are some of the benefits that you will learn from your public speaking course.
If you are not sure who stated a particular quotation, it doesn't really matter at all. Unless I am absolutely certain who said something, I always give myself an out. I usually say 'I BELIEVE' it was ____________ who said. Saying this keeps me from getting into trouble by attributing the quotation to the wrong person. Sometimes I say, 'My great, great grandpappy used to say . . .;, or 'My old aunt Maude used to say . . . ;. However, if you know for sure who said something and their name carries weight, go ahead and use it for it gives power to what you are saying.
There are literally thousands of different quotations available to you that you can find in your pre-program research. You can stop at any bookstore and look at quotation books or you can look on the internet for quotation web sites. Here are just a few examples of some of my favorite sayings:
When you are trying to be funny, don't feel bad about twisting the quotations around to meet your situation. Mark Twain will never say a word about it. Neither will anyone else if you introduce your quotation by saying, 'Someone once said,' or 'My great, great, grandpappy used to say.' Then change the quotation around any way that suits your presentation.