Let them Enjoy or You Speak! Eleven Anecdotes (Post No. 2527)


Picture of Joseph Chamberlain

Compiled by london swaminathan

Post No. 2527

Date: 10th February 2016

Time uploaded in London  16-28

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1.Let them enjoy or You speak!

Joseph Chamberlain, Prime Minister of England, told this story about himself. He was guest of honour at a banquet. The mayor of the city presided and when coffee was being served he leaned over and touched Mr Chamberlain saying, “Shall we let them enjoy themselves a little longer or had we better have your speech now?”



2.Continued talk after a year!


Eamon de Valera was once arrested in Ennis in the middle of a political speech. A year later he was released.  He went forthwith to Ennis, and began to speak again with the words, “As I was saying when I was interrupted…”



3.Envy a Waiter!


When Lyon Phelps tells, “Having to speak at a public dinner in Chicago, I found my place at the pillory of torment, the speakers’ table: and there, seeing a magnificent man in evening dress, I gave him my name and grasped his hand with what cordiality I could command.

“I am the headwaiter, sir”, he replied.

“Shake hands again, old man” I cried. “You don’t know how I envy you.”



4.If you say something…..


When Dr Walter Williams spoke in a Chinese university, an interpreter translated into Chinese symbols on a black board. Dr Williams noted that the interpreter stopped writing during most of the speech and at the conclusion he asked why. “We only write when the speaker says something,” was the blithe reply.


5.Latin, please!


Andrew Jackson, before he became President, was making once a stump speech in a small village. Just as he was finishing, a friend who sat near him whispered, “Tip them a little Latin, General; they won’t be contented without it.”


The man of iron will instantly thought upon the few phrases he knew, and in a voice of thunder wound up with “E pluribus unum (from many one), sine qua non (necessary), ne plus ultra (no more beyond), multum in parvo (small but significant).” The effect was tremendous, and the shouts of the Hoosiers could be heard for miles.

(just bluffed by saying some Latin phrases he knew)




6.Shortest speech!


At a banquet in connection with the war effort, the toast master opened the speaking with the assurance that all the guests had promised to make brief addresses. It chanced that the first to be called upon was the heavy weight champion, Private Joe Louis, who rose to his feet and said, “The toastmaster must have known my speed,” and sat down.



7.Letting steam off

During a parliamentary discussion on curtailing debate Sir Campbell Bannerman remarked that, “it was reasonable that Members should wish to let off a certain amount of intellectual steam.”

“is that a polite way of describing debate in this House?” interposed Balfour.


“I thought steam was a motive power,” replied Bannerman.

“Not when it is let off,” retorted Balfour amidst the laughter of the House.





8.Churchill’s Speech!

Some years ago Winston Churchill highly amused his fellow Members in the House by distributing among them printed copies of his recent speeches. A Liberal Member for one of the Devonshire constituencies acknowledged the gift in the following manner:

“Dear Mr Churchill, Thanks for the copy of your speeches lately delivered in the House of Commons. To quote the late Lord Beaconsfield: ‘I shall lose no time in reading them.’



9.Likee soup? Likee speech?


At a banquet at Princeton University (USA), the great Chinese diplomat, Dr Wellington Koo, was the guest of honour and main speaker. As one of a number of representatives of the student body on this occasion, a burly member of the football team found himself seated next to Dr.Koo. Very embarrassed by the formality of the occasion and utterly at a loss for conversation, the young man turned to Dr.Koo during the soup course and said, “Likee Soup?”


Dr Koo urbanely bowed his head and grinned. Later he arose and delivered a polished, thoughtful and witty address. Sitting down amid applause, Dr Koo turned to the chagrined student and said smiling, “Likee speech?”



10.Unvarnished speech!

Dean Briggs was once one of the speakers at the formal banquet at Radcliffe college, in preparation for the event, among other things, the chairs been given a new coat of varnish. The evening was hot and humid and, as the speakers rose to deliver their remarks, it was with some difficulty.


The dean was more than equal to the occasion. “Ladies and Gentlemen”, he said, “with a cruel backward glance, “I had expected to bring you this evening a plain and unvarnished tale, but circumstances make it impossible to fulfil my intentions.”

(unvarnished= plain, simple)


1000 girls

11.Talking to 1000 girls


When J M Barrie addressed an audience of one thousand girls at Smith College during his American visit, a friend asked him how he had found the experience.

“Well”, replied Mr Barries, “to tell you the truth, I would much rather talk one thousand times to one girl, than to talk one time to a thousand girls.”



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