This is one of my favourite quotes from Robert Cavett. I love quotes and I've listed most of my favourites on my website, many of which I obtained from Goodreads.com where they sort them all by author and genre - here's a link to my Goodreads Quotes page where I've got many more 'favourited'.
"Any person who cannot speak articulately and express their thoughts is handicapped in accomplishing their life goals. A person who doesn't read is no better off than a person who can't read. People who can't communicate their ideas and knowledge are no better off than those people who do not possess those ideas and that knowledge."
Robert Cavett always had a desire to help other people and to speak. He joined Toastmasters International and won the International Speaking Contest in his second attempt. This launched his speaking career. He was also awarded the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International, and Speaker of the Year by United Airlines and International Speakers Network. For the next 25 years he went around the country speaking. In those days the only "professional" speakers were doctors, lawyers and politicians. In 1966, he got the desire to help other people to become better speakers with the idea that there was always enough room in the profession for more. This would be an uphill battle since only 3% of organizations in that day used outside professional speakers. But Cavett's life motto was: "Don't worry about how we divide up the pie, there is enough for everybody. Let's just build a bigger pie!" Most professions are so filled with competition, that this thinking isn't rewarded, but to the speaking profession, this would ignite an industry boom. An industry where very few of the organizations used professional speakers.
Here is the man himself in action.
Some other famous quotes from Cavett:
"Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully acheived has already defined his own limitations."
"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed."
"If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one."
"In a dark time, the eye begins to see."
"When it's foggy in the pulpit it's cloudy in the pew."
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My first Toastmasters Public Speaking article