Subject: Communication » Speech

Democracy means government by discussion but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.

(1883 – 1967) British prime minister & politician

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

I once dated a weather girl, we talked up a storm.

(1966 – ) American stand-up comic

Outspoken? By whom?

(1893 – 1967) writer, humorist & poet

As my mother always says, “If you have to swear to get laughs, then you’re obviously a c**t.”

(1972 – ) Irish stand-up comedian, voice over artist & actor

The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make.

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

A woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hinter legs; it is not done well; but you are surprised to see it done at all.

(1740 – 1795) Scottish lawyer, diarist & author

I never give the public hell; I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.

(1884 – 1972) 33rd U.S. president

Interesting: A word a man uses to describe a woman who lets him do all the talking.

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.

(450 BC – 388 BC) Greek Athenian comic playwright

Shut up and talk.

(1925 – 2015) baseball player, coach & manager

Any child who chatters nonstop at home will adamantly refuse to utter a word when requested to demonstrate for an audience.

I'm so sick of these men who just talk about themselves… I'm looking for a well-hung mime.

(1964 – ) Canadian stand-up comedian, actress & television host

I believe in talking behind peoples’ backs; that way, they hear it more than once.

(1950 – ) writer & humorist

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.

(1909 – 1998) U.S. senator (Arizona)

The most beautiful words in the English language are not “I love you,” but … “benign.”

(1935 – ) movie actor, director & comedian

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

(1771 – 1845) English writer & Anglican clergyman

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

(1925 – 2013) British prime minister & politician

I deserve respect for the things I did not do.

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

You have the right to remain silent; anything you say will be misquoted then used against you.

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