Speech Quotes

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

Gustave Flaubert

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, Sr.

Literature is the immortality of speech

August Wilhelm von Schlegel

Silence is golden; speech is silver

American Proverb

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.

Robert Louis Stevenson

A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech


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

Publilius Syrus

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.


Money is property; it is not speech.

John Paul Stevens

There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast.

Jean de la Bruyere

One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear; and there is damnation in the things that wicked men love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what winds are to oceans and malarial regions, which waft away the elements of disease, and bring new elements of health. And where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.

Henry Ward Beecher

We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear those words I say to myself, That man is a Red, that man is a Communist. You never heard a real American talk in that manner.

Hague, Frank

Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.

Dr. Laurence J. Peter

Through the perfect karma of good deeds, one meets the Perfect Guru, whose speech is perfect.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib
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