“What is…” Wednesday – What is Quotable Quotes on Business for $600, Alex?

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Over the weekend, I had the HUGE honor of seeing the one and only Alex Trebek hand out some Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, albeit via satellite feed. He even used a Daily Double to give out two awards in a tie!

Watching the Canadian-native-living-the-American-dream-game-show-host reminded me of some of my favorite recurring categories on Jeopardy.

Sure, I love Potent Potables. Same with Potpourri and S-Words.

However, my all-time favorite category has to be Quotable Quotes. After all, part of a good PR person’s job is helping clients develop great, non-canned quotes for speeches, brochures, websites and news releases.

So, today’s blog is in honor of all of the best quotable quotes out there! But, since I am showing you mine, you have to show me yours. Comment with your favorites, please

Some of mine are all applicable to business in one way or another:


I think we’re going to need a bigger boat. – Roy Scheider in Jaws

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. – Winston Churchill

Silence may be golden, but talk ain’t cheap! – Alison Bailin

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Dalai Lama

Care More! – Leslie Mann in Knocked Up

Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he's talking about. – Sam Ewing

Smile... It Confuses People. – Sandi Thom

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. —Theodore Roosevelt

If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think. – Clarence Darrow

No matter how well you perform, there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy. – Sir Laurence Olivier

Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you.  Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch it to be sure. – Murphy's Law

An unwatched pot boils immediately. – H.F. Ellis

Everything you do or say is public relations. – Anonymous


Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio


  1. Not sure who said them first, but I like: “Procrastination is the thief of time.” “Image is not a benefit.” “Knowledge is not power until it is put to use.” “You can only tie the record for flying low.”

  2. Mark Roden says:

    Famous movie lines not only become “quotable quotes” , but can also define a generation for years to come. I find that using the right line at the right time gives you a common bond with the intended recipient, as if you now speak a common language and can relate to each other through the shared experience of having enjoyed the same movie – most likely over and over again.

    A few years ago, my best friend and I had the opportunity to play golf at a very exclusive country club outside of Washington, DC. Unfortunately, on this day the temperature was over 90 degrees,and the humidity was also north of 90%. The air felt thick enough that it could be cut with a knife, and the moisture and heat combined to sap your strength quickly.

    A couple additional quirks about this course made the day even more challenging. First of all, there was a “no shorts” policy to protect the dignity of the course and it’s members. Personally, I couldn’t see how watching members collapse from oppressive heat made anything more dignified, but I know how important those darn club rules can be. Second, this course required that you use a caddy – no carrying your own bag, and certainly no undignified golf carts. This second fact would have been especially important to know BEFORE I left my hotel room that morning, as I often carry about 30 extra pounds of needless junk in my golf bag. You never know when you might need any extra 3-4 dozen golf balls on a windy day, right?

    So off we went, teeing off on the first hole, praying for fast play, no lost balls, and wishing we hadn’t accepted the invitation to play this course when a shopping day at the mall would’ve been so much more fun.

    By the time we reached the end of nine holes, everyone was gasping for air – and water. Our caddy – Danny – was a small but healthy looking kid who was uber polite but still found the courage to ask, “Sir – would it be ok if I emptied noir bag out a little before we play the back nine?”

    Now, it took every ounce of strength I could muster to be physically separated fir the next two hours from my four dozen yellow Pinnacle gold balls, but I grudgingly agreed, and after we were properly hosed off by the staff, we headed out for the back nine. No one had the courage to ask, “why?”, so off we went.

    The group grew increasingly silent, and as we left the 15th green and headed across the bridge toward the 16th tee box, my friend broke the painful silence by muttering “you do drugs, Danny?”. And the rapid response ” all the time, sir” was not only the perfect tension breaker on a perfect day, but also notable because the movie was clearly older than Danny – but great lines can live on for generations and generations. Clearly, Caddyshack the movie still resonated with a much younger audience.

    Knowing what “quotable quotes” are is important. Knowing when and where to use them is priceless.

  3. Alison Bailin says:

    Mark – LOVE. And I am well old enough to know any Caddy reference. 🙂

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