Sunday, August 04, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: Quotations Day

Get your Quotations Day Card here.
It's August 4 - Quotations Day.  It was on this day in 1855 that American author John Bartlett first published his public speakers cheat book - Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Since then it's been the secret weapon of public speakers, writers, teachers and anyone else who want to make others think that they are well read.

Got a favorite quotation. Post it in the comments section below, but do me a favor. Look it up in a reputable quotation guide.  Mark Twain and Albert Einstein have more quotations out there on the web than either could have written in a lifetime if they'd slaved away at the typewriter from dawn to dusk from the time they could write until they died. Do the author of a quote the courtesy of getting the right name on it.

And for your information, the quote, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics," was probably not originated by Mark Twain. He attributed it to the 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. It has also been attributed to Leonard H. Courtney, who used the phrase in 1895 and two years later became president of the Royal Statistical Society.

Better yet, make up your own "famous quotation". Today is the day for it.  Here's our card for the day - a sweet quotation from you to your loved one.

Just click on the caption below the picture of the Bartlett's Book of Quotations and it will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself.

This is a side fold card, so when it prints be sure to tell your printer it's in "landscape" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This will save you a lot of time.  Have fun and enjoy celebrating a great Quotations Day.

© 2013 by Tom King

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