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Speech Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Speech

Please enjoy these Speech Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

Silence is safer than speech.
- Epictetus

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

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

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

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

There are more ways of outraging speech than contradiction merely.
- J. L. Austin

Much talking is the cause of danger.
Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune.
The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage.
Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.
- Saskya Pandita

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

A great speech is literature.
- Peggy Noonan

I believe in freedom of speech, but I believe we should
also have the right to comment on freedom of speech.
- Stockwell Day

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

Speech sounds cannot be understood, delimited,
classified and explained except in the light of the
tasks which they perform in language.
- Roman Jakobson

For my part, if I consider poetry as an object,
I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding
a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music.
- Eugenio Montale

In making a speech one must study three points:
first,
the means of producing persuasion; second,
the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
- Aristotle

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

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

While I've had a great distaste for what's usually
called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music,
I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
- David Antin

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

Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear,
but rather from heart to heart.
- William Jennings Bryan

I talked to women who lived there, to get their speech
patterns and outlook on life -
and how narrow that is.
- Ellen Burstyn

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

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

It is clear that not in one thing alone,
but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.
- Herodotus

I am absolutely opposed to political correctness.
You cannot confront hate speech until you've experienced it.
You need to hear every side of the issue instead of just one.
- Jane Elliott

The hearing aids are very helpful for speech reading.
Without the hearing aids, my voice becomes very loud,
and I cannot control the quality of my voice.
- Marlee Matlin

We who officially value freedom of speech above life
itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

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

Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.
- Edith Wharton

We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage
in speech and earnestness in action.
- Sarojini Naidu

Speech lessons probably did more for my singing voice -
they teach you breathing,
resonance.
- Harry Dean Stanton

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

If you're dealing with a musical in which you're trying to tell a story,
it's got to sound like speech.
At the same time it's got to be a song.
- Stephen Sondheim

Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker.
That is one of several reasons why it must be given
rein instead of suppressed.
- Anna Quindlen

I don't think about that.
I wasn't a kid growing up saying one day I'll get an Oscar and make a speech.
That wasn't on my mind.
So what I do is the best work I can do.
- Adam Sandler

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority,
of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man,
and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
- Adam Smith

In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple.
- J. M. Synge

The color of the mountains is Buddha's body;
the sound of running water is his great speech.
- Dogen

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

Anarchists prepare for social revolution and use every means-
speech,
writing, or deed, whichever is more to the point -
to accelerate revolutionary development.
- Johann Most

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

As the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed,
the Internet deserves the highest protection from government intrusion.
- Judge Dalzell

If Thomas Jefferson had heard us, he probably would have said,
'We shouldn't have free speech.'
- Robin Quivers

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

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

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

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

You're an old-timer if you can remember when setting
the world on fire was a figure of speech.
- Franklin P. Jones

I do find my speech difficult at times,
but it's getting so much better as my confidence grows
and that's thanks to the position I'm now in,
which is totally due to my fans.
- Gareth Gates

You must stand for free speech in the streets.
- Mary Harris Jones

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence,
and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is
more than to speak in good words,
or in good order.
- Francis Bacon

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

The mark of a true politician is that he is never at
a loss for words because he is always half-expecting
to be asked to make a speech.
- Richard M. Nixon

Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
- Susan Sontag

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 thought I would lose, so I didn't prepare a speech.
- E. L. Doctorow

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

Speak properly, and in as few words as you can,
but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation,
but to be understood.
- William Penn

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

My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who
speaks the Northern Ireland speech.
It's a terrific complicating factor,
not just in Northern Ireland,
but Ireland generally.
- Seamus Heaney

To suppress free speech is a double wrong.
It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
- Frederick Douglass

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice,
and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
- Voltaire


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