July 15, 2011

Table Topics: Interpreting Quotes

Table Topics Master: Salpy Kevrekian
Date: July 7, 2011

Time Limit: 30-62 seconds (green at 30, amber at 60 and red at 62)

Table Topics give attendees the opportunity to improve their impromptu speaking skills. An envelope contained the following quotes on separate slips of paper. In turn, each attendee randomly drew a quote and spoke about the meaning.

The Quotes

When you dream alone, with your eyes shut, asleep, that dream is an illusion. But when we dream together, sharing the same dream, awake and with our eyes wide open, then that dream becomes reality!

And it's my opinion, and that's only my opinion, you are a lunatic. Just because there are a few hundred other people sharing your lunacy with you does not make you any saner. Doomed, eh?

Family means too much, Friends are too valuable, And life is too short, To put-off sharing with people, How much they really mean to you, And pursuing whatever it is that makes you happy.

Happiness is not so much in having or sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

Great leadership does not mean running away from reality. Sometimes the hard truths might just demoralize the company, but at other times sharing difficulties can inspire people to take action that will make the situation better.

Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. — Winston Churchill

People say New Yorkers can't get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers,sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio; the other guy took the engine.  — David Letterman

The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about.

Hollywood and the recording industry argue that current law permits the copying of songs and movies, and sharing them on the Internet. This enables young people to grow up learning how to steal. — Suzanne Fields

Those who have much are often greedy, those who have little always share.

There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person's eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These are the moments worth living.

Suggest Revision: Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.

You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.

A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. — Mother Teresa

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog. — Jack London

Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community. — African proverb

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. — Erma Bombeck

Even though friends say they are interested in your life, they never really want to talk about you as much as you want them to.

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others

A speech should not just be a sharing of information, but a sharing of yourself. — Ralph Archbold

Table Topics Winner

Attendees were to speak for a maximum of 62 seconds (instead of the usual limit of 75 seconds). Since many were disqualified for speaking too long, Salpy decided that no ribbon would be awarded for the best speaker.

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