Subject: Communication » Speech

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

If most people said what’s on their minds, they’d be speechless.

fictional mascot and cover boy of Mad, an American humor magazine

Wouldn't let 'em get in a word wedgewise.

television character, All In the Family (Carroll O’Connor)

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’, but ‘That’s funny…

(1920 – 1992) American science and science fiction author & professor

Oh, if I could piss the way he speaks!

(1841 – 1929) French statesman, physician & journalist

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

Samuel Clemens (1835 – 1910) author & humorist

The German asparagus are fabulous.

(1946 – ) 43rd U.S. president

She never lets ideas interrupt the easy flow of her conversation.

Alice Jane Chandler Webster (1876 – 1916) writer & author

Speeches are like babies – easy to conceive but hard to deliver.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.

(1926 – ) newspaper columnist

Women won't even brag about [giving birth]… we men, when we fix a doorknob, drinks are on the house.

(1955 – ) American actor, stand-up comedian & impressionist

Election: When the air is full of speeches and vice versa

[British politician Thomas Macaulay] has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.

(1771 – 1845) English writer & Anglican clergyman

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

(1809 – 1865) 16th U.S. president

He who shouts loudest has the floor.

It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago.

(1947 – ) U.S. vice president & politician

The only time he opens his mouth is to change feet.

(1958 – ) Irish professional golfer & commentator

If you can't say anything good about someone, sit right here by me.

(1884 – 1980) author & wit

I wish my first spoken word was 'Quote' so I could make my last word 'Unquote'.

(1955 – ) comedian, actor & writer

During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa.

(1838 – 1918) journalist, historian, academic & novelist

It ain't a bad plan to keep still occasionally even when you know what you're talking about.

(1868 – 1930) cartoonist, humorist & journalist
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