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Speech Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Speech.

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

 

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

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

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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

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

Silence is safer than speech.
- Epictetus

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

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

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

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

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

Body language is a very powerful tool.
We had body language before we had speech,
and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation
is read through the body,
not the words.
- Deborah Bull

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
- Max Eastman

I don't think we should be deprived of the privilege of free speech.
- Loretta Swit

The strangest thing that human speech and human writing
can do is create a metaphor.
That is an amazing leap, is it not?
- Dennis Potter

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites,
and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
- Aeschylus

When a man is asked to make a speech,
the first thing he has to decide is what to say.
- Gerald R. Ford

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

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license,
such a statute creates a threat of censorship that
by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun

I never expect to lose.
Even when I'm the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments
when no axes are being ground.
- Heywood Broun

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt.
Speech was given to conceal thought.
- William Osler

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

Hundreds of political prisoners still suffer in Tibetan prisons.
Freedom of speech is not allowed in any sense.
It is illegal to possess a photo of the Dalai Lama.
- Joanna Lumley

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap
crude rhythms for bears to dance to,
while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
- Gustave Flaubert

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game.
Free speech is life itself.
- Salman Rushdie

Any man who makes a speech more than six times a year
is bound to repeat himself,
not because he has little to say, but because he wants
applause and the old stuff gets it.
- William Feather

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

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for
the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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

Speech was given to the ordinary sort or men,
whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men,
whereby to conceal it.
- Robert South

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

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

Speech is civilization itself.
- Thomas Mann

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

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to
power on the ladder of free speech.
Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed
all free speech except his own.
- Herbert Hoover

I had worked so hard for so long that I developed a speech impediment.
It happens when I get tired.
- Tobe Hooper

There are so many exceptions to free speech:
child pornography,
cross burning, libel, fighting words.
- Cliff Stearns

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.
- Demosthenes

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

As to Magyar, I think that my speech was incorrect,
inappropriate.
- Bela Kun

The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange
has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech.
- John Mortimer

A story is told as much by silence as by speech.
- Susan Griffin

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper

Happy is the man whom the Muses love:
sweet speech flows from his mouth.
- Hesiod

The riot isn't seen in the movie, but it is alluded to.
He has this one speech that gives a great sense of
texture and paints a picture of what was happening in Harlem then.
- Debbie Allen

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language,
until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Today it is becoming harder to speak out,
with the inception of the Patriot Act,
the president has legislated free speech to be a crime.
- Frank Serpico

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Never forget posterity when devising a policy.
Never think of posterity when making a speech.
- Robert G. Menzies

Nor was it only from the millions of slaves that chains had been removed;
the whole nation had been in bondage;
free speech had been suppressed.
- Matthew Simpson

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

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies
a silence that is better,
Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
- Thomas Carlyle

English is clipped in speech.
Texas is exactly the opposite.
- Michael Caine

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech.
Every now and then she stops to breathe.
- Jimmy Durante

He knew the lie of silence to be as evil as the lie of speech.
- Gilbert Parker

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

We should silence anyone who opposes the right to freedom of speech.
- Boyle Roche

Well, my brother says Hello.
So, hooray for speech therapy.
- Emo Philips

U.S.A.
is the speech of the people.
- John Dos Passos

Advertising is speech.
It's regulated because it's often effective speech.
- Jef I. Richards

No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone,
any more that she can be witty by only the help of speech.
- Kin Hubbard

A superior man is modest in his speech,
but exceeds in his actions.
- Confucius

Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
- Warren E. Burger

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

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

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


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