Saturday, 13 July 2013


A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience’s time – more than four days – which should be a hanging offence. - Unknown

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action. -Demosthenes

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish. -Demosthenes

Austerity of speech consists in speaking truthfully and beneficially and in avoiding speech that offends. - Bhagavad Gita 

Do not speak unless you can improve on the silence. - Unknown

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. - Barbara Kingsolver

For every time we regret keeping our tongue still there are about ten times we regret speaking up. - Unknown

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. - Confucius

If nobody said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth. - Sir Alan Patrick Herbert

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life. - Seneca

Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. - George Sala

Of those who say nothing, few are silent. - Unknown

Speak not harshly to anyone; Those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Painful indeed is language violent; Blow for blow will pursue thee. - The Buddha

Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon-balls, and tomorrow speak what you think in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak when youre angry, and youll make the best speech youll ever regret. - Ambrose Bierce

Speaking much is a sign of vanity; for he that is lavish in words is a niggard in deed. - Sir Walter Ralegh

Speaking without mindfulness is dangerous. Therefore we must reflect on our intentions and formulations both before and while we are speaking, and not talk too much. - Dagyab Rinpoche

Speaking without thinking is shooting without aim. - Unknown

Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he. - Publilius Syrus

Speech is hard, but who can keep quiet? - Unknown

Speech is like the colour of a flower and silence like its fragrance. - Unknown

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other peoples minds. - Walter Bagehot

Three things matter in a speech: who says it, how he says it, and what he says, and of the three, the last matters least. - Unknown

To say little is often to tell more than to say a great deal. - Unknown

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy. - Will Durant

We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less. - Diogenes

When you have nothing to say, say nothing. One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say. - Unknown

Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also. - Seneca

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