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Speeches that are measured by the hour
will die with the hour.
- Thomas Jefferson

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Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches,
and to foreign nations and the next ages.
- Francis Bacon

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the
belief that outgoing college students should never
be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
- G. B. Trudeau

 

In talking to you I feel very much more at ease than
my colleagues who gave the speeches during the banquet.
- Felix Bloch

Using rhetorical questions in speeches is a great way
to keep the audience involved.
Don't you think those kinds of questions would keep your attention?
- Bo Bennett

I don't like jokes in speeches.
I do like wit and humor.
A joke is to humor what pornography is to erotic language in a good novel.
- James Humes

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I don't attach importance to great speeches or philosophy.
- Jacques Santer

Your patience would fail you if I should continue to
relate all the disrespectful speeches and treatment
which your servants have been obliged to listen to and patiently to bear.
- Peter Stuyvesant

When you make speeches you elicit expectations against
which you will be held accountable.
- Bill Bradley

I think my speeches are hilarious.
I think I'm a natural comedian, but I like denying
people the chance to laugh.
I want to deny you the relief of the punchline.
- Lydia Lunch

There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave.
The one you practiced, the one you gave,
and the one you wish you gave.
- Dale Carnegie

Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
- Will Rogers

During the presidential primaries of 1940,
I received a request from the Democratic National Committee
to sing God Bless America before the speeches.
- Kate Smith

The very best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance.
- Ruth Gordon

I have said consistently both in my papers and in my speeches -
which you heard in the primary campaign -
that I will continue to phase out the Capital Stock and Franchise tax.
- Ed Rendell

Few speeches which have produced an electrical effect
on an audience can bear the colourless photography of a printed record.
- Archibald Philip Primrose

I don't like giving speeches - I enjoy sitting on my rump.
- Karen Morley

Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books,
and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
- Gore Vidal

Democracy is not about making speeches.
It is about making committees work.
- Alan Bullock

Since 1972, I've been going around making speeches on the Everglades.
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The only place you see a free market is in the speeches of politicians.
- Dwayne Andreas

The great questions of the day will not be settled
by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
- Otto von Bismarck

Speeches are not magic and there is no great speech without great policy.
- Peggy Noonan

In my speeches, I always condemned communism,
national-socialism and fascism.
- Jean-Marie Le Pen

I know they are all environmentalists.
I heard a lot of my speeches recycled.
- Jesse Jackson

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked;
leadership is defined by results not attributes.
- Peter Drucker

The problem with speeches isn't so much not knowing when to stop,
as knowing when not to begin.
- Frances Rodman

One of the most difficult speeches to prepare is an
address to a graduation class,
which is why I don't often do them.
- Jerry Moran

I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.
- Colin Powell

In Japan, you get on the bullet train or the airplane,
and I loved the little speeches the stewardesses would do.
They even do little speeches before you play gigs.
- Beck

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.
- Dan Quayle

When you consider what Tony Blair was saying about liberty,
human rights and that sort of thing,
it would be terribly revolutionary to sell the speeches
he and Jack Straw made in 1994.
- Rory Bremner

I've been doing these conventions for 20 years,
and we used to at least have debates about issues.
Nothing is happening basically at this convention,
other than speeches.
- Susan Estrich

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not;
so men are proved,
by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.
- Demosthenes

The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow.
In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are
cut too close together for the audience and the actors.
- Kenneth Branagh

I think J.D.
Salinger is correct in granting no interviews,
and in making no speeches.
- Patricia Highsmith

Between speeches and awards, you can find something to do every other week.
It's hard to write.
Your focus gets splintered.
Once you put one thing in your calendar,
that month is gone.
- August Wilson

The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses,
which amount only to compliment.
The lighter beauties are in their place when there
is nothing more solid to say;
but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading,
a sermon, or a didactic work.
- Voltaire

I am sorry to say that sometimes matters of very small
importance waste a good deal of precious time,
by the long and repeated speeches and chicanery of
gentlemen who will not wholly throw off the lawyer even in Congress.
- William Whipple

When faced with the inevitable fatigue that comes with
the recycling of speeches and the recycling of thoughts
in a rather small stream of vortex,
I am urged to not be ashamed of recycling.
- Barbara Amiel

I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of
state and of government meet only to go through the
tedious motions of reading speeches,
drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat.
- Pierre Trudeau

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth.
The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water.
Even so, life is but an endless series of little details,
actions, speeches, and thoughts.
And the consequences whether good or bad of even the
least of them are far-reaching.
- Sivananda

I'd usually read the Bible a lot.
Read little short Bible stories.
And today, whenever I give speeches,
I bring up a few of those Bible stories,
because those are inspirations to me.
- Herschel Walker

When I read great literature, great drama,
speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has
not achieved anything greater than the ability to share
feelings and thoughts through language.
- James Earl Jones

Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other,
and the candidates spend so much time making each other's speeches,
that by the time election day is past there is nothing
much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in.
- H. L. Mencken

It has since been agreed that speeches given in English
will be translated into French and vice versa,
and even into German and Italian when necessary.
No doubt translations into Esperanto will also soon be in demand.
- Fredrik Bajer

While we have entertained the contention that a deed
may make more propaganda than hundreds of speeches,
thousands of articles, and tens of thousands of pamphlets,
we have held that an arbitrary act of violence will
not necessarily have such an effect.
- Johann Most

Since There are so many questions about what the president
was doing over 30 years ago,
what is it that he did after his honorable discharge
from the National Guard? Did he make speeches alongside
Jane Fonda denouncing America's racist war in Vietnam?
- Jeff Gannon

To win the cause we all believe in, the spread of true
democracy all over the world,
we need to win by example, not just with speeches but by example;
not just with military might but by gaining the respect of the world.
- Barbara Boxer

There were speeches made in Congress in the very last
session before the outbreak of the Rebellion,
so ferocious as to show that their authors were under
the influence of a real frenzy.
- Edward Everett

There needs to be a planned series of speeches,
interviews, etc., over the next two or three months
by administration officials and other public figures
talking about President Ford,
what he is trying to do and what he has accomplished.
- Robert Teeter

We must get the American public to look past the glitter,
beyond the showmanship, to the reality,
the hard substance of things.
And we'll do it not so much with speeches that will
bring people to their feet as with speeches that bring people to their senses.
- Mario Cuomo

The next day the two sisters went to the ball,
and so did Cinderella, but dressed more magnificently than before.
The King's son was always by her side,
and his pretty speeches to her never ceased.
- Charles Perrault

It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois
rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay.
We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches,
parades and monuments.
- Dick Durbin

That has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame:
you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of stories,
and then people clamour for you to make speeches and
tell them what you think about the world.
- J. M. Coetzee

Several speeches were made by the chiefs during the council,
all expressive in the highest degree of their friendly
disposition towards our government,
and their conduct in every particular manifested the
sincerity of their declarations.
- William Henry Ashley

One reason I do the live shows - and the monthly speeches
at public radio stations -
is to remind myself that people hear the show,
that it has an audience, that it exists in the world.
It's so easy to forget that.
- Ira Glass

You have to take a huge loss financially to do a play.
You have to put aside the commercials and the speeches
and the other things that put money on the table,
and really save up to do it.
And that's what I've done here.
But it's worth it to me to be in a really good play.
- Dixie Carter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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