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Speeches The Best Quotes About Speech  

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A list of the best speech quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous speech quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic speech quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational speech quotes from that same writer.

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Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few. Cato the Elder

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

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They that are loudest in their threats are the weakest in the execution of them. It is probable that he who is killed by lightning hears no noise; but the thunder-clap which follows, and which most alarms the ignorant, is the surest proof of their safety. Charles Caleb Colton

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There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap. Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth. Emil Cioran

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Never try to impress people with the profundity of your thought by the obscurity of your language. Whatever has been thoroughly thought through can be stated simply.

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Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout. Henry David Thoreau

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Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech. Antoine de Rivarol

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Speech is always bolder than action. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

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Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself, it provokes me forever, it says sarcastically, Walt you contain enough, why don't you let it out then? Walt Whitman

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Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts. Thomas Carlyle

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Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. D. H. Lawrence

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Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is. Publilius Syrus

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Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.

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Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, --for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it -- not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation. Herman Melville

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Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

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Why doesn't the fellow who says, I'm no speechmaker let it go at that instead of giving a demonstration? Kin Hubbard

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The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue. -- Ecclesiasticus 28:17 --18

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Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud. Hermann Hesse

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Speech is civilization itself. The word... preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates. Thomas Mann

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

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Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen. Francis Bacon

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I've decided to discontinue my long talks. It's because of my throat. Someone threatened to cut it.

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A long tongue shortens life.

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Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. -- Colossians 4:6

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I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. Woodrow Wilson

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It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Mark Twain

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A talk is like a woman's dress. Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to be interesting.

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We have as many planes of speech as does a painting planes of perspective which create perspective in a phrase. The most important word stands out most vividly defined in the very foreground of the sound plane. Less important words create a series of deeper planes. Constantin Stanislavski

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

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Many great writers have been extraordinarily awkward in daily exchange, but the greatest give the impression that their style was nursed by the closest attention to colloquial speech. Thornton Wilder

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A witty saying proves nothing. Voltaire

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

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What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature. W. Somerset Maugham

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When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it.

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The only happy talkers are dandies who extract pleasure from the very perishability of their material and who would not be able to tolerate the isolation of all other forms of composition; for most good talkers, when they have run down, are miserable; they know that they have betrayed themselves, that they have taken material which should have a life of its own, to dispense it in noises upon the air. Cyril Connolly

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Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think. Octavio Paz

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Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive. Roland Barthes

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I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady. George Bernard Shaw

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Speech is the small change of silence. George Meredith

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Atharva Naik added Always; Feel a speech before giving it

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Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches. Otto von Bismarck

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If you don't want to read it, see it or hear it, don't say it.

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Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being. Hannah Arendt