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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
iemmadi
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 1:38:18 AM
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Not a smart quote,, and she definitely didn't please me :)
Christine
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 9:54:53 AM
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iemmadi wrote:
Not a smart quote,, and she definitely didn't please me :)


I like it. Speakers use this often! Politicians, conventions speakers, teachers, etc.Dancing
pedro
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 10:20:09 AM
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"Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning."


I suppose it would depend on the humour and the reasoning. She sounds a bit lacking in both.
MTC
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 11:14:18 AM
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Anyone, and I repeat anyone who has ever spoken in public or argued in court knows the importance of wit and humor. And yes in the right setting, with the right audience, including the intelligent and educated, wit and humor will overcome reason alone. This has been such a truism since the time of Quintilian that I thought it incapable of dispute, but not apparently in this forum where anyone can shoot from the hip without challenge. If you bother to Goggle the quotation you will see that numerous editors have thought the sentiment worthy enough to be listed in a compilation of famous quotations. I would like to see the detractors justify their remarks in more than one line. Justify yourselves if you can. Subject your opinions to the reasoned scrutiny of the group. Otherwise don't waste the group's time.
pedro
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 11:26:41 AM
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I can only speak for myself, but I like to keep my remarks short on the basis of the maxim that "Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning."
jcbarros
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:02:27 PM

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As long as you don´t try to play some practical joke on to your audience ... Anxious
HWNN1961
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:09:24 PM
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Well, there you go again.
RuthP
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 1:20:42 PM

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I'm not sure she was speaking against wit or humor.

It seems more that she is saying people prefer the pithy/witty sound-bite to a real report.
GabhSigenod
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 2:07:46 PM

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That darn reasoning can be pretty dry.
lemonk
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 8:10:20 PM
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pedro wrote:
I can only speak for myself, but I like to keep my remarks short on the basis of the maxim that "Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning."


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