No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
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.
Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
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.
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.
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!
I say what I mean, you hear what I say. That is the end of it.
Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.
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.
Words are so futile, so feeble.
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
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.
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think is creation's.
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.
Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
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.
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.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
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.
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.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
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.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.
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.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
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.
There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.
Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
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.
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.
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.
The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.