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Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
      - Louis D. Brandeis,
        in the case of Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 376 (1927)

For brevity is very good,
  Where we are, or are not understood.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 669)

He who does not make his words rather serve to conceal than discover the sense of his heart deserves to have it pulled out like a traitor's and shown publicly to the rabble.
      - Samuel Butler (1), The Modern Politician

His speech was a fine sample, on the whole,
  Of rhetoric, which the learn'd call "rigmarole."
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 174)

The heart seldom feels what the mouth expresses.
  [Fr., Le coeur sent rarement ce que la bouche exprime.]
      - Jean Galbert de Campistron, Pompeia
         (XI, 5)

Speech is * * * the art of * * * stifling and suspending thought.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Speech that leads not to action, still more that hinders it, is a nuisance on the earth.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Speech is silvern, silence is golden.
      - Thomas Carlyle, A Swiss Inscription,
        quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III, a German proverb

Speak not at all, in any wise, till you have somewhat to speak; care not for the reward of your speaking, but simply and with undivided mind for the truth of your speaking.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Biography

The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men.
  [Lat., Sermo hominum mores et celat et indicat idem.]
      - Dionysius Cato,
        Disticha de Moribus ad Filium
         (bk. IV, 26)

All have the gift of speech, but few are possessed of wisdom.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Consider in silence whatever any one says: speech both conceals and reveals the inner soul of man.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Speak briefly and to the point.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

He mouths a sentence as curs mouth a bone.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 322)

He himself has said it.
  [Lat., Ipse dixit.]
      - quoted by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Natura Deorum (I, 5, 10),
        as the unreasoning answer given by Pythagoras

Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
      - Cleobulus of Lindos

It is not easy to make a simile go on all-fours.
  [Lat., Nullum simile quatuor pedibus currit.]
      - Lord Edward Coke, Institutes

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
      - Confucius

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
      - Confucius

The truth thy speech doth show, within my heart reproves the swelling pride.
  [It., Lo tuo ver dir m'incuora
    Buona umilta e gran tumor m'appiani.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Purgatorio
         (XI, 118)

Think all you speak; but speak not all you think:
  Thoughts are your own; but your words are so no more.
    Where Wisdom steers, wind cannot make you sink:
      Lips never err, when she does keep the door.
      - Henry Delaune, Epigram

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.
      - Demosthenes

That's a Blazing strange answer.
      - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
         (bk. I, ch. II)

Abstruse and mystic thoughts you must express
  With painful care, but seeming easiness;
    For truth shines brightest thro' the plainest dress.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon,
        Essay on Translated Verse (l. 216)

A series of congratulatory regrets.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in reference to Lord Harrington's resolution on the Berlin Treaty, July 30, 1878


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