62 Greatest Quotes About Speech

We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us. Barack Obama
The right to free speech is more important than the content of the speech. Voltaire
Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear. George Orwell
Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech. Thomas Hobbes
I have reached the conclusion, a bit late perhaps, that speeches should be short. Fidel Castro
The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence. Henry David Thoreau
It is the function of art to carry us beyond speech to experience. Joseph Campbell
You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk. George Clooney
Music is well said to be the speech of angels. Thomas Carlyle
Not in his speech, not in his thoughts, I see his greatness, only in his actions, in his life. Hermann Hesse
No speech is ever considered, but only the speaker. It's so much easier to pass judgement on a man than on an idea. Ayn Rand
A good traveler leaves no tracks. Good speech lacks fault-finding. Lao Tzu
In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech. Aristotle
Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen. Francis Bacon
Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few. Cato the Elder
In anger we should refrain both from speech and action. Pythagoras
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts. Voltaire
Speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout. Henry David Thoreau
Tears at times have the weight of speech. Ovid
You must stand for free speech in the streets. Mother Jones
Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech. Susan Sontag
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. Frederick Douglass
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Thomas Carlyle
speech to him was a task, a battle, words mustered behind his beard and issued one at a time, heavy and square like tanks. Margaret Atwood
Will was not without his intentions to be always generous, but our tongues are little triggers which have usually been pulled before general intentions can be brought to bear. George Eliot
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington
His forward voice now is to speak well of his friend. His backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract. William Shakespeare
Naming enables the noble-minded to speak, and speech enables the noble-minded to act. Therefore, the noble-minded are anything but careless in speech. Confucius
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. Robert Louis Stevenson
What is the point of having free speech if you have nothing to say? John Hagee
He gave man speech, and speech created thought, Which is the measure of the universe. Percy Bysshe Shelley
We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought. Oliver Sacks
Silence may be as variously shaded as speech. Edith Wharton
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator. Marcus Tullius Cicero
No speech can stain what is noble by nature. Sophocles
That was when I learned that words are no good; that words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at. William Faulkner
Be modest in speech, but excel in action. Horace
I have made speeches urging women to adopt methods of rebellion such as have been adopted by men in every revolution. Emmeline Pankhurst
I think that some restriction on speech is appropriate. Dianne Feinstein
Speech is a rolling-mill that always thins out the sentiment. Gustave Flaubert
Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed. Anna Quindlen
Free speech is a bourgeois prejudice. Vladimir Lenin
The First Amendment defends all forms of speech including hate speech, which is why groups like Ku Klux Klan are allowed to utter their poisonous remarks. Salman Rushdie
Seriousness is no more a guarantee of truth, insight, authenticity or probity, than humour is a guarantee of superficiality and stupidity. Stephen Fry
I love her attitude, but as much as I'd like to bring my medals to a speech or appearance, I never do. Mary Lou Retton
Anybody who makes speeches written by someone else is just a robot. Joe Strummer
You are solidified silence, awareness. A thousand hours of speech cannot equal one glance: a hundred glances cannot equal a minute of silence. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar