Speech Quotes

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.

Karl Popper

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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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