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Speech Quotes

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Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

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A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

 

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.
The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today,
even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
- The Buddha

Private religious speech can't be discriminated against.
It has to be treated equally with secular speech.
- Samuel Alito

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There are two things that are more difficult
than making an after-dinner speech:
climbing a wall which is leaning toward you
and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.
- Winston Churchill

An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug,
thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts,
in speech or on paper, some style.
- Alan K. Simpson

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle

I never had a speech from my father 'this is what you
must do or shouldn't do' but I just learned to be led by example.
My father wasn't perfect.
- Adam Sandler

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop
speech when words become superfluous.
- Ingrid Bergman

Few people know how to take a walk.
The qualifications are endurance,
plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature,
good humor, vast curiosity, good speech,
good silence and nothing too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Silence is safer than speech.
- Epictetus

In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple.
- J. M. Synge

Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.
- Sophocles

Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words,
breaking the rules of normal speech,
violating common sense.
Freedom is violence.
- Norman O. Brown

Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses,
and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who
desires to rise to the divine platform.
- Chanakya

I will be brief.
Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali,
who gave the world's shortest speech.
He said I will be so brief I have already finished,
and he sat down.
- Gene Fowler

I do find my speech difficult at times,
but it's getting so much better as my confidence grows
and that's thanks to the position I'm now in,
which is totally due to my fans.
- Gareth Gates

And so Adam, in that his speech to Eve,
uttered his faith in the promise made to her of her seed,
and so in that respect Adam himself came in under her covenant.
- Thomas Goodwin

Speech sounds cannot be understood, delimited,
classified and explained except in the light of the
tasks which they perform in language.
- Roman Jakobson

I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech,
adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices.
What role does silence have in all this noise?
- Federico Fellini

Because of my language and the pantomime with which
most Europeans accompany their speech,
I was catalogued as a heavy.
- Bela Lugosi

Speech happens to not be his language.
- Madame de Stael

Hubert, a speech doesn't have to be eternal to be immortal.
- Muriel Humphrey

You're an old-timer if you can remember when setting
the world on fire was a figure of speech.
- Franklin P. Jones

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
- Charles Bradlaugh

The mark of a true politician is that he is never at
a loss for words because he is always half-expecting
to be asked to make a speech.
- Richard M. Nixon

The human brain is a wonderful organ.
It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn't
stop until you get up to deliver a speech.
- George Jessel

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
- Sophocles

He fertilizes a phrase or a line of poetry for weeks
and then gives birth to it in a speech.
- John Colville

You can't trust politicians.
It doesn't matter who makes a political speech.
It's all lies - and it applies to any rock star who
wants to make a political speech as well.
- Bob Geldof

From my earliest days I have enjoyed an attractive impediment in my speech.
I have never permitted the use of the word stammer.
I can't say it myself.
- Patrick Campbell

No one ever complains about a speech being too short!
- Ira Hayes

Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Literature is the immortality of speech.
- August Wilhelm von Schlegel

It's hard to believe President George Bush gave a speech
in New Orleans about disaster recovery and failed to
mention the word 'farm' or the word 'rural.'
- Jim Hightower

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly
brings us back to essentials:
it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
- Emile M. Cioran

I grew up to have my father's looks,
my father's speech patterns,
my father's posture, my father's opinions,
and my mother's contempt for my father.
- Jules Feiffer

The court has said you are entitled to robust speech on public sidewalks,
even insulting speech.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

Anyone wishing to communicate with Americans should do so by e-mail,
which has been specially invented for the purpose,
involving neither physical proximity nor speech.
- Auberon Waugh

It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree.
- Leo McKern

I've discovered this new electronic technique that
creates new speech out of stuff that's already there.
- Brian Eno

Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care,
for speech is but the dialer of thoughts,
and every fool can plainly read in your words what
is the hour of your thoughts.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

In our time political speech and writing are largely
the defense of the indefensible.
- George Orwell

He didn't say that.
He was reading what was given to him in a speech.
- Richard Darman

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence,
and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is
more than to speak in good words,
or in good order.
- Francis Bacon

Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
- Susan Sontag

Every article I wrote in those days,
every speech I made,
is full of pleading for the recognition of lead poisoning
as a real and serious medical problem.
- Alice Hamilton

Speak properly, and in as few words as you can,
but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation,
but to be understood.
- William Penn

Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos,
so the strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos
and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects.
- Judge Dalzell

Within speech, words are subject to a kind of relation
that is independent of the first and based on their linkage:
these are syntagmatic relations,
of which I have spoken.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

In all sincere speech there is power,
not necessarily great power, but as much as the speaker is capable of.
- George Henry Lewes

Verse, singing, and speech have a common origin.
- Jean Philippe Rameau

Commercial speech is like obscenity...
we can't seem to define it, but we know it when we see it.
- Jef I. Richards

Speech is the small change of silence.
- George Meredith

In rendering its decision in our case,
the Supreme Court equated money with speech because
these days it takes the first to make yourself heard.
- James L. Buckley

In making a speech one must study three points:
first,
the means of producing persuasion; second,
the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
- Aristotle

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.
Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
- Zhuang Zi

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice,
and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
- Voltaire

Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear,
but rather from heart to heart.
- William Jennings Bryan

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe
in the existence of the soul,
or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
- Allan Bloom

Speech lessons probably did more for my singing voice -
they teach you breathing,
resonance.
- Harry Dean Stanton

Monkeys who very sensibly refrain from speech,
lest they should be set to earn their livings.
- Kenneth Grahame

What we have is two important values in conflict:
freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy.
You can't have both.
- Dick Gephardt

The basic line in any good verse is cadenced...
building it around the natural breath structures of speech.
- Kenneth Rexroth

Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The commencement speech is not, I think,
a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture.
- John Kenneth Galbraith


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