Speech Quotes

Most popular speech quotes

Speech is a kind of action.
A man's character is revealed by his speech.


A person's speech is a mirror to her or his soul.
The only way to speak the truth is speak lovingly.


Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
The tongue is the deadliest of all blunt instruments.

holding your tongue

True and False are attributes of speech, not of things.
Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.
Direct and simple language always has some force behind it.
Speech belongs half to him who speaks and half to him who hears.
Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.


Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.


Broadly speaking, the short words are best, and the old words best of all.


Speak clearly, if you speak at all;
Carve every word before you let it fall.
The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
Lucidity of speech is unquestionably one of the surest tests of mental precision.
Sometimes speech is no more than a device for saying nothing—and a neater one than silence.
Speech is the only benefit man hath to express his excellency of mind above other creatures.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.

listening words

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
— The Bible—Colossians 4:6


In the faculty of speech man excels the brute; but if thou utterest what is improper, the brute is thy superior.
I learn immediately from any speaker how much he has already lived, through the poverty or the splendor of his speech.
The most important things are always said by signs. If people do not understand signs they will never understand words.

body language

It is amazing how much a thought expands and refines by being put into speech: I should think it could hardly know itself.


Speech is civilization itself.  The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact—it is silence which isolates.


To base thought only on speech is to try nailing whispers to the wall. Writing freezes thought and offers it up for inspection.

communication writing

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.
Whenever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.
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.

kindness wise

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 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.
— Apocrypha—Ecclesiasticus 28:17–18


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.

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