Subject: Communication » Speech

I like to do all the talking myself; it saves time, and prevents arguments.

(1854 – 1900) Irish dramatist, novelist & poet

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.

(1804 – 1881) British prime minister, politician & author

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.


They say you shouldn’t say nothin’ about the dead unless it’s good; he’s dead… good!

(1894 – 1975) American comedian

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

Loquacity: A disorder which renders the sufferer unable to curb his tongue when you wish to talk.

(1842 – 1914) author & satirist

The U.N. is a place where governments opposed to free speech demand to be heard!

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

I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.

(1892 – 1973) English writer

A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.

(1907 – 1973) poet & critic

Political speeches are like steer horns: a point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between.

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

I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them.

(1880 – 1956) journalist, essayist, editor & satirist

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.

(1926 – ) film director, screenwriter, composer, comedian, actor & producer

I quit my job at the helium gas factory; I refuse to be spoken to in that tone.

Canadian stand-up comedian, actor & writer

It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper.

(1909 – 1959) Australian-born American actor

As our President said in his renegurial address.

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

Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.

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

When you win, say nothing; when you lose, say less.

professional football coach

When I ask what time it is – I don't need to know how the watch is built.

Foresight is knowing when to shut your mouth before someone suggests it.

You're an old-timer if you can remember when setting the world on fire was a figure of speech.

(1908 – 1980) businessman, humorist

The ‘g’ is silent… the only thing about her that is.

(1959 – ) English writer & columnist
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