No man not inspired can make a good speech without preparation
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech
The most precious things in speech are pauses
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
Eloquence is the essential thing in a speech, not information
Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.
Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
Silence is golden; speech is silver
Literature is the immortality of speech
The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.
A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.
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.
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.
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
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
Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both
Speech is oft repented, silence never
The problem with speeches isn't so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin
The music that can deepest reach, And cure all ill, is cordial speech
A great speech is literature.
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