Speech quotes
Persuasive speech, and more persuasive sighs, Silence that spoke and eloquence of eyes.

- Homer
How ironical that it is by means of speech that man can degrade himself below the level of dumb creation -- for a chatterbox is truly of a lower category than a dumb creature.

- Kierkegaard, Sįren
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

- Publilius Syrus
Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you -- tripping on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as Leif the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, the whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.

- Shakespeare, William
Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.

- Cioran, E. M.
In a symbol there is concealment and yet revelation: here therefore, by silence and by speech acting together, comes a double significance. In the symbol proper, what we can call a symbol, there is ever, more or less distinctly and directly, some embodiment and revelation of the Infinite; the Infinite is made to blend itself with the Finite, to stand visible, and as it were, attainable there. By symbols, accordingly, is man guided and commanded, made happy, made wretched.

- Carlyle, Thomas
No one ever complains about a speech being too short!

- Hayes, Ira
For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech, To stir menís blood; I only speak right on.

- William Shakespeare
It's easier to find a new audience than to write a new speech.

- Kennedy, Dan
Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization.

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

- Laurence J. Peter
Do not fight verbosity with words: speech is given to all, intelligence to few.

- Moralia
LOOKING-GLASS, n. A vitreous plane upon which to display a fleeting show for man's disillusion given. The King of Manchuria had a magic looking-glass, whereon whoso looked saw, not his own image, but only that of the king. A certain courtier who had long enjoyed the king's favor and was thereby enriched beyond any other subject of the realm, said to the king: "Give me, I pray, thy wonderful mirror, so that when absent out of thine august presence I may yet do homage before thy visible shadow, prostrating myself night and morning in the glory of thy benign countenance, as which nothing has so divine splendor, O Noonday Sun of the Universe!" Please with the speech, the king commanded that the mirror be conveyed to the courtier's palace; but after, having gone thither without apprisal, he found it in an apartment where was naught but idle lumber. And the mirror was dimmed with dust and overlaced with cobwebs. This so angered him that he fisted it hard, shattering the glass, and was sorely hurt. Enraged all the more by this mischance, he commanded that the ungrateful courtier be thrown into prison, and that the glass be repaired and taken back to his own palace; and this was done. But when the king looked again on the mirror he saw not his image as before, but only the figure of a crowned ass, having a bloody bandage on one of its hinder hooves -- as the artificers and all who had looked upon it had before discerned but feared to report. Taught wisdom and charity, the king restored his courtier to liberty, had the mirror set into the back of the throne and reigned many years with justice and humility; and one day when he fell asleep in death while on the throne, the whole court saw in the mirror the luminous figure of an angel, which remains to this day.

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

- Pinter, Harold
If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the use of speech.

- W. Somerset Maugham
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

- Mark Twain
Sweet Benjamin, since thou art young, and hast not yet the use of tongue, make it thy slave, while thou art free; Imprison it, lest it do thee.

- Hoskins, John
Opera, n. A play representing life in another world whose inhabitants have no speech but song, no motions but gestures, and no postures but attitudes.

- Ambrose Bierce
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

- Washington, George
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

- Soren Kierkegaard

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