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The Best Quotes About Speech 

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Updated June 14, 2019 462 votes 147 voters 7.8k views

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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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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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There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap. Ludwig Wittgenstein
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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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I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
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Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech. Antoine de Rivarol
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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 the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is. Publilius Syrus
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Speech is always bolder than action. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
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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 an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
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A long tongue shortens life.
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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 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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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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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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When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it.
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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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Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts. Thomas Carlyle
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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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Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen. Francis Bacon
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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