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.
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.
A talk is like a woman's dress. Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to be interesting.
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.
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.
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.
A witty saying proves nothing.
Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.