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Speech

Definition: The expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds.
Number of Quotes: 50

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Henry Adams

You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Lyndon B. Johnson's office.
Anonymous

The worst families are those in which the members never really speak their minds to one another; they maintain an atmosphere of unreality, and everyone always lives in an atmosphere of suppressed ill-feeling.
Walter Bagehot

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Elizabeth Bowen

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Joyce Brothers

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

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Jean de La Bruyère

Whereas logic is the art of demonstrating truth, eloquence is the gift of winning over people's hearts and minds so that you may inspire them and persuade them in whatever way you choose.
Jean de La Bruyère

Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. I do, Alice hastily replied; at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know. Not the same thing a bit! said the Hatter. Why, you might just as well say that I see what I eat is the same thing as I eat what I see!
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

I say what I mean, you hear what I say. That is the end of it.
Barbara Cassani

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.
Mary Catherwood

Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist.
S. K. Chakraborty

Words are so futile, so feeble.
Charlie Chaplin

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
*Attribution questionable.
Winston Churchill

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Colton

If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
Bertrand Dawson

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think is creation's.
E. M. Forster

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Robert Frost

Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
Robert Greenleaf

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall

If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
Piet Hein

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Audrey Hepburn

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.
Eric Hoffer

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

If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
George Jessel

A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half-hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than four days - which should be a hanging offense.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham

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

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Plutarch

And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Mathew Prior

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Salman Rushdie

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
Seneca

Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.

Othello
William Shakespeare

We often say a speaker needs no introduction: what most of them need is a conclusion. In my view, an after-dinner speech - and I've experienced 40,000 of them - needs a good beginning, a good ending, and not much space in between.
Ivor Spencer

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Adlai Stevenson

The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
Adlai Stevenson

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Jonathan Swift

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

Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
Dave Thomas

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

It is a free press ... There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
Mark Twain

The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought.
Arnold Wesker

I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations with myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.
Oscar Wilde

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