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55 Speech Quotes

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Bible Quotes , Source: Matthew (ch. XII, v. 34)

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A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Bible Quotes , Source: Proverbs (ch. 15, v. 1)

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I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Bible Quotes , Source: Romans (ch. VI, v. 19)

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To return to the subject. (Literally, "to our mutton.") [Fr., Revenons a nos moutons.]

Pierre Blanchet Quotes , Source: Pierre Pathelin (III, 2)

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That which is repeated too often becomes insipid and tedious. [Fr., Tout ce qu'on dit de trop est fade et rebutant.]

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux Quotes , Source: L'Art Poetique (I, 61)

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Let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux Quotes , Source: L'Art Poetique (I, 61)

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Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

Louis D. Brandeis Quotes , Source: in the case of "Whitney v. California"

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For brevity is very good, Where we are, or are not understood.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 669)

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He who does not make his words rather serve to conceal than discover the sense of his heart deserves to have it pulled out like a traitor's and shown publicly to the rabble.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: The Modern Politician

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His speech was a fine sample, on the whole, Of rhetoric, which the learn'd call "rigmarole."

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto I, st. 174)

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The heart seldom feels what the mouth expresses. [Fr., Le coeur sent rarement ce que la bouche exprime.]

Jean Galbert de Campistron Quotes , Source: Pompeia (XI, 5)

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The most precious things in speech are the pauses.

Sir Ralph Richardson Quotes

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Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

Buddha Quotes

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It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

Mark Twain Quotes

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Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.

William Safire Quotes

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

Kierkegaard Quotes

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Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.

Gore Vidal Quotes

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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.

Mark Twain Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.

General Colin Powell Quotes

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Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.

Bergen Evans Quotes

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

Kierkegaard Quotes

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Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.

Alfred North Whitehead Quotes

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The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

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Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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