Select Quayle Topics: Public Speaking

Public speaking is very easy.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle to reporters in 10/88

Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.
-- Senator Dan Quayle, 10/30/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92 and the LA Times, 10/30/88)

I stand by all the misstatements that I've made.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle to Sam Donaldson, 8/17/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

Every once in a while, you let a word or phrase out and you want to catch it and bring it back. You can't do that. It's gone, gone forever.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, 5/4/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

When you make as many speeches and you talk as much as I do and you get away from the text, it's always a possibility to get a few words tangled here and there.
-- Senator Dan Quayle defending himself (LA Herald Examiner 10/3/88)

The mike works. That's very important to make sure the mike works, and ours is working well.
-- Senator Dan Quayle informing reporters of a successful sound check before the VP debate, 10/5/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

Sometimes cameras and television are good to people and sometimes they aren't. I don't know if its the way you say it, or how you look.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle

You smile discreetly, you look like you're enjoying yourself, like you're ready to get down to serious business. You've got to be careful what you say.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, on how to act in front of the press.

The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, in a speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 1991

Lookit, I've done it their way this far and now it's my turn. I'm my own handler. Any questions? Ask me ... There's not going to be any more handler stories because I'm the handler ... I'm Doctor Spin.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle responding to press reports that his aides have had to, in effect, 'potty train' him