Speech Quotes

Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.

Roland Barthes

Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans.

Daniel J. Levitin

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

Maxims

Silence often expresses 'more powerfully than speech the verdict and judgment of society.

Benjamin Disraeli

Just at the age 'twixt boy and youth, When thought is speech, and speech is truth

Sir Walter Scott

Silence sweeter is than speech.

Dinah Maria Mulock

All noise is waste. So cultivate quietness in your speech, in your thoughts, in your emotions. Speak habitually low. Wait for attention and then you low words will be charged with dynamite.

Elbert Hubbard

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

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all.

Noam Chomsky

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Bible

Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language

Alfred North Whitehead

The best answer to bad speech is good speech

Alan M. Dershowitz

There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to oceans ... and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.

Henry Ward Beecher

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Soren Kierkegaard

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.

Hugo Black

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

Ingrid Bergman

Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in a few words.

Aprocrypha

The eye speaks with an eloquence and truthfulness surpassing speech. It is the window out of which the winged thoughts often fly unwittingly. It is the tiny magic mirror on whose crystal surface the moods of feeling fitfully play, like the sunlight and shadow on a still stream.

Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Art-speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day. And that is all that matters. Away with eternal truth.

D.H. Lawrence

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

Thomas Carlyle

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.

John Andrew Holmes

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

Louis D. Brandeis

Every curiosity is in need of the curiosity of speech.

Ali al-Rida

It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.

Aristotle
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