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The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute you're born and never stops working until you get up to speak in public.

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All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895) Scottish essayist, poet and novelist.

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 (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) English writer.

A talk is like a woman's dress. Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to be interesting.

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It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it.

Arabian proverb

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

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.