Speech Quotes

The most precious things in speech are pauses

Ralph Richardson

No man not inspired can make a good speech without preparation

Daniel Webster

Three things matter in a speech - who says it, how he says it and what he says, and of the three, the latter matters the least

John Morley

Eloquence is the essential thing in a speech, not information

Mark Twain

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

John Andrew Holmes

The problem with speeches isn't so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin

Frances Rodman

Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.

Antoine Rivarol

The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.

Edward George Earl Bulwer Lytton

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.

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

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.

Thomas Carlyle

Any man who makes a speech more than six times a year is bound to repeat himself, not because he has little to say, but because he wants applause and the old stuff gets it

William Feather

Speech is oft repented, silence never

Danish Proverb

The music that can deepest reach, And cure all ill, is cordial speech

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great speech is literature.

Peggy Noonan

Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.

Robert South

When you make as many speeches and you talk as much as I do and you get away from the text, it's always a possibility to get a few words tangled here and there.

Dan Quayle

Advertising is speech. It's regulated because it's often effective speech.

Jef I. Richards

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Speech should be fruitful as well as free.

Zechariah Chafee, Jr.

If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field.

Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney

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Updated On : November 26, 2013
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