Audience Quotes

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.

William Orville Douglas

My basic rule is to speak slowly and simply so that my audience has an opportunity to follow and think about what I am saying

Margaret Chase Smith

The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction

Michael Faraday

PIANO, n. A parlor utensil for subduing the impenitent visitor. It is operated by pressing the keys of the machine and the spirits of the audience.

Ambrose Bierce

If you have any interests you can gain a wider audience for those interests while the goldfish bowl is yours!

Eleanor Roosevelt

The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents.

Orson Welles

Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can say that the response is ill advised.

John Kenneth Galbraith

It is not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying.

Ingrid Bergman

Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also

Billy Wilder

My audience was my life. What I did and how I did it, was all for my audience.

Cab Calloway

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought.

Laurence Olivier

A comedian can only last 'til he either takes himself serious or his audience takes him serious.

Will Rogers

Once over there [Balkans], I felt extremely patriotic. Here are these people, from 18-year-olds to military veterans, enduring real duress for the cause of peace. I don't ever want to play for a regular audience again, only military folks who are starving for music.

Sheryl Crow

The audience is the best judge of anything. They cannot be lied to. Truth brings them closer. A moment that lags - they're gonna cough.

Barbra Streisand

People ask me how far I've come. And I tell them twelve feet: from the audience to the stage.

David Lee Roth

It is true that the poet does not directly address his neighbors; but he does address a great congress of persons who dwell at the back of his mind, a congress of all those who have taught him and whom he has admired; they constitute his ideal audience and his better self.

Richard Wilbur

The best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk.

Alben William Barkley

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of a miracle.

Martha Graham

When you can be your own best audience and when your applause is the best applause you know of, youíre in good shape.

L. Ron Hubbard

We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin

Alan Watts

The audience only pays attention as long as you know where you are going.

Philip Crosby

The program is nearly over! I can feel the audience is still with me but if I run faster I can shake them off

Bob Hope

I want people like some of you in this audience to be part of a Clinton administration, not because or in spite of your sexual orientation, but because America needs you

Bill Clinton

There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practiced in the tricks and delusions of oratory

Mark Twain

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