Speaking Quotes

By speaking of our misfortunes we often relieve them.

Pierre Corneille

Singapura means lion-city; prehistoric, myopic, Sanskrit-speaking visitors having spotted a mangy tiger or two in the mangroves. Sly Malays sometimes call it Singa pura-pura, which means pretending to be a lion.It is a profoundly provincial town pretending to be a metropolis.

Anthony Burgess

Wherever we are, Gods in that moment, Gods speaking to us, and if weve just got our ears open and our antennas up, theres no lack of inspiration. Hes not silent. We just have to be listening.

Steven Curtis Chapman

A Parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.

Thomas Carlyle

A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour.

Jonathan Swift

Before speaking, consider the interpretation of your words as well as their intent.

Andrew Alden

Time flies and draws us with it. The moment in which I am speaking is already far from me.

Nicolas Boileau-Despraux

Prudent is he who can keep silent that part of truth which may be untimely, and by not speaking it, does not spoil the truth of what he said.

Pope John XXIII

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.

Henry David Thoreau

However, there are all sorts of behaviours in the Bible that might be called mad now, but aren't designated as insanity by the text itself. People see visions of angels going up and down ladders, of fiery chariots and, like Moses, who hears a bush talking, and Balaam the prophet who has a conversation with his donkey, they hear voices of those who cannot be said to be present in any usual sense of the word. They also speak in tongues, as the disciples do at Pentecost. Like madness, the visions, the voices and the speaking in tongues are due to external and usually divine agencies. In a world so permeated with supernatural powers, there are no accidents, and in one so riddled with prophets who went into a frenzy while prophesying many more kinds of behaviour were accepted as normal, at least for a prophet or an inspired person, than would be the case now. John the Baptist, dressed in animal skins and wandering around in the wilderness denouncing his social superiors, was not thought of as a de-institutionalized street person who's gone off his medications, but as a saint. And this was the pattern for mediaeval views of aberrant behaviour if you were acting crazy it was a divine punishment, or else you were possessed, by powers either divine or demonic perhaps aided, in the latter case, by witches.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

I heard an Israeli speaking on Palestinian human rights issues, an interesting guy, and he said "There's no military solution to terrorism. If there were, Israel would be the safest place in the world. But there's no military solution."

Bradley Whitford

O American people, I am speaking to tell you about the ideal way to avoid another Manhattan, about war and its causes and results.

Osama bin Laden

People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening, People writing songs that voices never share, and no one dare disturb the Sound of Silence.

Silence People

Let us repeat the two crucial negative premises as established firmly by all human experience: (1) Words are not the things we are speaking about; and (2) There is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.

Alfred Korzybski

If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.

Turkish Proverb

And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

Bible

The ultimate politeness in art consists of speaking only to those who are able to uncover and measure its relationships. Anything else is symbolic, and symbolism is merely transcendental imagery.

Jean Maurice Eugne Clment Cocteau

Can there be a more horrible object in existence than an eloquent man not speaking the truth?

Thomas Carlyle

There are no words, no paints to express all this, only a beautiful dumbness in the soul, life speaking to life.

Emily Carr

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.

W. H. Auden

Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us.

Jim Carroll

Generally speaking, there is more wit than talent in the world. Society swarms with witty people who lack talent.

Antoine Rivarol

Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening

Dorothy Sarnoff

There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience

Alexander Gregg

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