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Speech Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Speech are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

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

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There are two things that are more difficult
than making an after-dinner speech:
climbing a wall which is leaning toward you
and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.
- Winston Churchill

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

 

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

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

I never had a speech from my father 'this is what you
must do or shouldn't do' but I just learned to be led by example.
My father wasn't perfect.
- Adam Sandler


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Silence is safer than speech.
- Epictetus

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.
The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today,
even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
- The Buddha

An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug,
thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts,
in speech or on paper, some style.
- Alan K. Simpson

Private religious speech can't be discriminated against.
It has to be treated equally with secular speech.
- Samuel Alito

Few people know how to take a walk.
The qualifications are endurance,
plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature,
good humor, vast curiosity, good speech,
good silence and nothing too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle

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

Tears at times have the weight of speech.
- Ovid

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

I indeed had only one scene, one speech,
one little speech, but it was with Robin Williams.
- Charles Keating

Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
- Antoine Rivarol

Well, my brother says Hello.
So, hooray for speech therapy.
- Emo Philips

He didn't say that.
He was reading what was given to him in a speech.
- Richard Darman

One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant
stratagem to cover nakedness.
- Harold Pinter

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game.
Free speech is life itself.
- Salman Rushdie

Monkeys who very sensibly refrain from speech,
lest they should be set to earn their livings.
- Kenneth Grahame

Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care,
for speech is but the dialer of thoughts,
and every fool can plainly read in your words what
is the hour of your thoughts.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Speech is the mirror of the soul.
- Publilius Syrus

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt.
Speech was given to conceal thought.
- William Osler

I would hope to inspire in my listeners a feeling of freedom -
of speech,
thought and political activity.
- John Hall

Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser,
is right there...
she's in town because her father was at Johnson Smith College...
and she was delivering a speech there.
- Al Michaels

But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the
cadence and fullness of speech,
since the Irish love words and use as many of them
in a sentence as possible.
- Anne McCaffrey

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.
- Thomas Hobbes

In our time political speech and writing are largely
the defense of the indefensible.
- George Orwell

No one ever complains about a speech being too short!
- Ira Hayes

Every article I wrote in those days,
every speech I made,
is full of pleading for the recognition of lead poisoning
as a real and serious medical problem.
- Alice Hamilton

I've decided to cut out the part of the speech where
I say anything nice about Democrats.
- Ann Coulter

I was on the speech team, we called it forensics.
- Thomas Lennon

Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos,
so the strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos
and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects.
- Judge Dalzell

Speech and silence.
We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one
who cannot open his mouth.
- Emile M. Cioran

A man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself -
like,
for instance, he can't find any clean socks.
- Jean Kerr

The court has said you are entitled to robust speech on public sidewalks,
even insulting speech.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

Body language is a very powerful tool.
We had body language before we had speech,
and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation
is read through the body,
not the words.
- Deborah Bull

The commencement speech is not, I think,
a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

One day I heard a speech of Hitler.
In this speech he said that the German factory worker
and the German labourer must make common cause with
the German intellectual worker.
- Fritz Sauckel

Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
- Susan Sontag

In rendering its decision in our case,
the Supreme Court equated money with speech because
these days it takes the first to make yourself heard.
- James L. Buckley

If Thomas Jefferson had heard us, he probably would have said,
'We shouldn't have free speech.'
- Robin Quivers

Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
- Charles Bradlaugh

Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words,
breaking the rules of normal speech,
violating common sense.
Freedom is violence.
- Norman O. Brown

This identity, this mind, this particular cast of speech,
is nearly over.
- Harold Brodkey

We need a free media, not just freedom of speech.
- Tom Scholz

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority,
of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man,
and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
- Adam Smith

We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage
in speech and earnestness in action.
- Sarojini Naidu

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

While even pornography is protected as free speech,
the courts have consciously undermined religious speech
and freedom of religion for years.
- Ernest Istook

The most precious things in speech are pauses.
- Ralph Richardson

The most censored speech in America today is not flag-burning,
pornography, or the press.
- Phyllis Schlafly

When the public's right to know is threatened,
and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk,
all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered.
- Christopher Dodd

As to Magyar, I think that my speech was incorrect,
inappropriate.
- Bela Kun

You're an old-timer if you can remember when setting
the world on fire was a figure of speech.
- Franklin P. Jones

Happy is the man whom the Muses love:
sweet speech flows from his mouth.
- Hesiod

I don't care who you are.
When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay,
in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech.
- Nora Ephron

You watch the Supreme Court in action on these cases,
and they are a conflicted court.
However, when it comes to speech issues generally,
the court has been protective.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

While I've had a great distaste for what's usually
called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music,
I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
- David Antin

Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple.
- J. M. Synge

I think, with never-ending gratitude,
that the young women of today do not and can never
know at what price their right to free speech and to
speak at all in public has been earned.
- Lucy Stone

I've never made a film using dialogue or speech.
- Kenneth Anger

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments
when no axes are being ground.
- Heywood Broun


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