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Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, --for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it -- not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.
~ Herman Melville

 

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Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. [Colossians 4:6]
~ Bible

 

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Listening to someone talk isn't at all like listening to their words played over on a machine. What you hear when you have a face before you is never what you hear when you have before you a winding tape.
~ Oriana Fallaci

 

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Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.
~ Octavio Paz

 

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Many great writers have been extraordinarily awkward in daily exchange, but the greatest give the impression that their style was nursed by the closest attention to colloquial speech.
~ Thornton Wilder

 

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Never try to impress people with the profundity of your thought by the obscurity of your language. Whatever has been thoroughly thought through can be stated simply.
~ Anonymous

 

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People resent articulacy, as if articulacy were a form of vice.
~ Frederic Raphael

 

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

 

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Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
~ E. M. Cioran

 

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Speech has been given to man to disguise his thoughts.
~ Charles Maurice De Talleyrand

 

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Speech is always bolder than action.
~ Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

 

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Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
~ Anonymous

 

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Speech is civilization itself. The word... preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates.
~ Thomas Mann

 

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Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
~ Antoine Rivarol

 

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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

 

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Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

 

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Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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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.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few.
~ Cato The Elder

 

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Speech is the mirror of action.
~ Solon

 

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