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In man speaks God.
      - Hesiod, Works and Days

The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,
        in the case of "Schenck v. United States"

I love to hear thine earnest voice,
  Wherever thou art hid. . . .
    Thou say'st an undisputed thing
      In such a solemn way.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., To an Insect

The flowering moments of the mind
  Drop half their petals in our speech.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., To My Readers
         (st. 11)

His speech flowed from his tongue sweeter than honey.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. I, 124)

He spake, and into every heart his words
  Carried new strength and courage.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. V, l. 586), (Bryant's translation)

He, from whose lips divine persuasion flows.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VII, l. 143), (Pope's translation)

And endless are the modes of speech, and far
  Extends from side to side the field of words.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XX, l. 315), (Bryant's translation)

Persuasive speech, and more persuasive sighs,
  Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XX, l. 315), (Bryant's translation)

For that man is detested by me as the gates of hell, whose outward words conceal his inmost thoughts.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (IX, 312)

In laboring to be concise, I become obscure.
  [Lat., Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (XXV)

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to taken seriously. To be taken seriously depends entirely on what is being said.
      - Hubert H. Humphrey

That fellow would vulgarize the day of judgment.
      - Douglas William Jerrold, A Comic Author

Depend upon it, sir, it is when you come close to a man in conservation that you discover what his real abilities are; to make a speech in a public assembly is a knack.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Man is born with the faculty of speech. Who gives it to him? He who gives the bird its song.
      - Joseph Joubert

Speech is but the incorporation of thought.
      - Joseph Joubert

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
      - Soren A. Kierkegaard

We rarely repent of speaking little, but often of speaking too much.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

It is never so difficult to speak as when we are ashamed of our silence.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 178)

Allegory dwells in a transparent palace.
      - Antoine Marin Lemierre, Peinture (III)

Speech was made to open man to man, and not to hide him; to promote commerce, and not betray it.
      - David Lloyd (1), State Worthies
         (vol. 1, p. 503),
        (Whitworth's edition)(1665)

In general those who nothing have to say
  Contrive to spend the longest time in doing it.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        To Charles Eliot Norton

We might knit that knot with our tongues that we shall never undo with our teeth.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie)

The Chinese have an excellent proverb: "Be modest in speech, but excel in action."
      - Horace Mann

An old man said, "Be a free man in thy speech, not a slave."
      - Saint Martin of Braga

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