How to write and deliver quotable quotes

Are you ready for the world to start quoting you? Here’s how to make it happen.

Would you like to be the person who is quoted during speeches? How cool would it be to have people repeating your words to others, and crediting you?

Coming up with that memorable line is not as hard as it might seem. Here are some tips for getting started:

1. Do some research

Google “quotable quotes” and read the results. This will give you a benchmark and a goal.

2. Be clear and brief

Your quote must be must be easily understood and easy to repeat.

3. Say it a little bit differently

Different is memorable. Say things differently than how they’ve been said before.

4. Use metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them. Here are a few examples—see if you can picture them in your mind’s eye:

The sun was smiling on her.

It’s raining cats and dogs.

He’s rolling in dough.

5. Rhyme

Rhymes feel good to say, and they can be memorable. Look at this example:

To read the full story, log in.
Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content.
Sign up today

Already a member? Log in here.
Learn more about Ragan Insider.