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It's a damn shame we have this immediate ticking off in the mind about how people sound. On the other hand, how many people really want to be operated upon by a surgeon who talks broad cockney?

Author: Eileen Aitkins (1934)

Profession: British Stage Screen Actor

Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.

Author: Roland Barthes (1915-1980)

Profession: French Semiologist

It's better to keep your mouth shut and give the impression that you're stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

Author: Rami Belson

Profession:

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

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue. [Ecclesiasticus 28:17 --18]

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches.

Author: Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898)

Profession: Prussian Statesman, Prime Minister

The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly --because if they don't speak fast nobody will listen to them.

Author: Michael Caine (1933)

Profession: British-born American Actor, Acting teacher

From my earliest days I have enjoyed an attractive impediment in my speech. I have never permitted the use of the word ''stammer.'' I can't say it myself.

Author: Patrick Campbell (1913-1980)

Profession: Irish Humorist

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

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few.

Author: Cato The Elder

Profession: Roman Statesman, Orator

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

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

They that are loudest in their threats are the weakest in the execution of them. It is probable that he who is killed by lightning hears no noise; but the thunder-clap which follows, and which most alarms the ignorant, is the surest proof of their safety.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

The only happy talkers are dandies who extract pleasure from the very perishability of their material and who would not be able to tolerate the isolation of all other forms of composition; for most good talkers, when they have run down, are miserable; they know that they have betrayed themselves, that they have taken material which should have a life of its own, to dispense it in noises upon the air.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic