C. Open Impromptu Event Prompts

Round 1 - 12:15

  1. Speaker 1

    What you seek is seeking you. – Rumi

    You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. – Mark Twain   

    The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Speaker 2

    My richness is life, forever. – Bob Marley

    The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

    True peace Is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. – Martin L. King, Jr.

  3. Speaker 3

    f you correct your mind; the rest of your life will fall into place. – Lao Tzu

    The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. – E.J. Phelps

    The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing. – Publius Syrus

  4. Speaker 4

    The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart. – Rumi

    He had so much money that he could afford to look poor. – Edgar Wallace

    Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice. – Anonymous

  5. Speaker 5

    The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. – Walter Bagehot

    Be not simply good - be good for something. – Henry David Thoreau

    It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. – Sir Winston Churchill

  6. Speaker 6

    The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. – Flora Whittemore

    In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.   - Thurgood Marshall      

    It's getting hard to be someone, but it all works out. – The Beatles

Round 2 - 5:00

  1. Speaker 1

    If I can't have too many truffles, I'll do without truffles. – Collette

    I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. - Woody Allen

    Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing. – Lao Tzu

  2. Speaker 2

    The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. - Woody Allen

    Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu

  3. Speaker 3

    I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship. -Louisa May Alcott

    I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying.  -  Woody Allen

    For every problem, there is one solution which is simple, neat and wrong. - H. L. Mencken

  4. Speaker 4

    Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. - Lucille Ball

    Eighty percent of success is showing up.--Woody Allen

    Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.  - Carol Mosely Braun

  5. Speaker 5

    Differences can be a strength, rather than a handicap. - Condoleeza Rice

    His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.-- Woody Allen

    Instant gratification takes too long. —Carrie Fisher

  6. Speaker 6

    Done is better than perfect. - Sheryl Sandberg

    Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it.  - Woody Allen

    If you obey all of the rules, you miss all the fun! - Katherine Hepburn

Round 3 - 5:45

  1. Speaker 1

    A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.  - Sir Winston Churchill

    Laws do not persuade just because they threaten. – Seneca

    A champion is afraid of losing, everyone else is afraid of winning. - Billie Jean King

  2. Speaker 2

    Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. --Sir Winston Churchill

    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. – Dr. Seuss

    The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression – W.E. DuBois

  3. Speaker 3

    However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. --Sir Winston Churchill

    When you are at Rome live in the Roman style; when you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere. - Saint Ambrose

    Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. - Amelia Earhart

  4. Speaker 4

    It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required. --Sir Winston Churchill

    Don't mistake politeness for lack of strength. - Sonia Sotomayor

    Nothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known. – Francis Jeffrey

  5. Speaker 5

    Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. --Sir Winston Churchill

    Action is eloquence.    William Shakespeare

    When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision. – Lord Falkland

  6. Speaker 6

    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. - Sir Winston Churchill

    If you get, give. If you learn, teach. - Maya Angelou

    Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. – Buddha

Semis - 5:15

  1. Speaker 1

    Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less. – Rumi

    A doctor can bury his mistakes but a supplier-based engineer can only advise the product designer to specify a heavier texture. – Mick Lloyd Kerman

    It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. – Andre Gide

  2. Speaker 2

    The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.  – G.K. Chesterton.

    Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. – Oscar Wilde

    The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.  - Peter Ustinov

  3. Speaker 3

    What you think you create, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you become. – Buddha

    Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once. – Unknown        

    The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts about reality. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

  4. Speaker 4

    I admit that I live in the past, but only because housing is so much cheaper. —Matt Wohlfarth

    How do you govern a country which has 246 different kinds of cheese? – Charles De Gaulle

    I have noticed that even people who claim everything is pre¬determined and that we can do nothing to change it look before they cross the road. —Stephen Hawking

  5. Speaker 5

    How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. - William Shakespeare

    It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overlap them. – Klemens Von Metternich

    Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. – Philip K. Dick

  6. Speaker 6

    What hurts you blesses you.  Darkness is your candle. – Rumi

    Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. – Kahlil Gibran

    Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into troubles of all kinds. – Samuel Butler

Finals - 8:00

  1. Speaker 1

    Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.      - J. K. Rowling.

    Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.          - Oprah Winfrey

    We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.    -  Malala Yousafzai

  2. Speaker 2

    The life that no longer trusts another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer.        - Martha Nussbaum

    Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.          - Jane Austen

    We don’t see the world as IT is; we see the world as WE are. – Anais Nin

  3. Speaker 3

    They were so strong in their beliefs that when there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they were all fused into a single stubbornness.     - Louise Erdich

    We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.            - Eleanor Roosevelt

    Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.          - Ursula K Le Guin

  4. Speaker 4

    Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try. - Peggy Noonan.

    We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.          - Abigail Adams

    Surely something resides in a heart that is not perishable- and life is more than a dream.    – Mary Wollstonecraft

  5. Speaker 5

    Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.           - Susan Ertz

    If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.        - Margaret Thatcher

    Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.  - Simone de Beauvoir

  6. Speaker 6

    No matter how lonely you get or how many birth announcements you receive, the trick is to not get frightened. There’s nothing wrong with being alone.       - Wendy Wasserstein

    There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.           - Edith Wharton

    In order to go on living, one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.   - Hannah Arendt