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A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
Even so, the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things, behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
He rose without a friend, and sat down without an enemy.
Language most shows a man: speak, that I may see thee.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
None love to speak so much, when the mood of speaking comes, as they who are naturally taciturn.
Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; Carve every word before you let it fall.
The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
Though old the thought and oft exprest, 'tis his at last who says it best.
To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers or both.
Whatever is well said by another, is mine.
Winston [Churchill] has devoted the best years of his life to preparing his impromptu speeches.
Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.
It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.
All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.
If the announcer can produce the impression that he is a gentleman, he may pronounce as he pleases.
A dull speaker, like a plain woman, is credited with all the virtues, for we charitably suppose that a surface so unattractive must be compensated by interior blessings.
Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything.
Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today.
When a man gets talking about himself, he seldom fails to be eloquent and often reaches the sublime.
In an easy cause any man may be eloquent.
The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.
If no thought your mind does visit make your speech not too explicit.
Oratory: the art of making deep noises from the chest sound like important messages from the brain.
The glittering generalities of the speaker have left an impression more delightful than permanent.
Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending - sit down.
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to decide is what to say.
I've never thought my speeches were too long; I've rather enjoyed them.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
I have learnt a good deal from my own talk.
Speech is the small change of silence.
If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
In Maine we have a saying that there's no point in speaking unless you can improve on silence.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile-driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack!
He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.


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