Most popular speech quotes
The tongue is the deadliest of all blunt instruments.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
The most important things are always said by signs. If people do not understand signs they will never understand words.
Direct and simple language always has some force behind it.
Broadly speaking, the short words are best, and the old words best of all.
A person's speech is a mirror to her or his soul.
To base thought only on speech is to try nailing whispers to the wall. Writing freezes thought and offers it up for inspection.
The only way to speak the truth is speak lovingly.
We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse: we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard.
A man's character is revealed by his speech.
Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.
The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.
Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact—it is silence which isolates.
The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh; but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
Whenever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.
Sometimes speech is no more than a device for saying nothing—and a neater one than silence.
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
I learn immediately from any speaker how much he has already lived, through the poverty or the splendor of his speech.
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.
Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
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.
The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
True and False are attributes of speech, not of things.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; Carve every word before you let it fall.
Speech is the only benefit man hath to express his excellency of mind above other creatures.
It is amazing how much a thought expands and refines by being put into speech: I should think it could hardly know itself.
Lucidity of speech is unquestionably one of the surest tests of mental precision.
Speech belongs half to him who speaks and half to him who hears.
In the faculty of speech man excels the brute; but if thou utterest what is improper, the brute is thy superior.
Speech is a kind of action.
Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity, and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a two-thirds majority.