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[ Also see Accent Argument Censorship Conversation Discussion Eloquence Free Speech Gossip Language Linguists Loquacity Names Noise Orators Oratory Repartee Rhetoric Satire Silence Slander Style Talk Talking Thought Tongue Voice Wit Words ]

When speech is given to a soul holy and true, time, and its dome of ages, becomes as a mighty whispering-gallery, round which the imprisoned utterance runs, and reverberates forever.
      - James Martineau

Though his tongue
  Dropp'd manna, and could make the worse appear
    The better reason, to perplex and dash
      Maturest counsels.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 112)

When Adam first of men,
  To first of women Eve, thus moving speech,
    Turn'd him all ear to hear new utterance flow.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 408)

When we are understood, we always speak well, and then all your fine diction serves no purpose.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

To speak prose without knowing it.
  [Fr., Faire de la prose sans le savoir.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Bourgeois Gentilhomme (II, 6)

Then we are understood, we always speak well, and then all your fine diction serves no purpose.
  [Fr., Quand on se fair entendre, on parle toujours bien,
    Et tous vos beaux dictons ne servent de rien.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Les Femmes Savantes (II, 6)

I shall make you an impromptu at my leisure.
  [Fr., Je vous ferai un impromptu a loisir.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Les Precieuses Ridicules (I, 12)

It was whispered balm, it was sunshine spoken!
      - Thomas Moore

If you your lips would keep from slips,
  Five things observe with care;
    To whom you speak, of whom you speak,
      And how, and when, and where.
      - William Edward Norris, Thirlby Hall
         (vol. I, p. 315)

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair),
        1984 (pt. 1, ch. 1)

In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair),
        Shooting an Elephant

When you speak to any, especially of quality, look them full in the face; other gestures betraying want of breeding, confidence, or honesty; dejected eyes confessing, to most judgments, guilt or folly.
      - Francis Osborne (Osborn)

I am a barbarian here, because I am not understood by anyone.
  [Lat., Barbarus his ego sum, quia non intelligor ulli.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristia
         (bk. V, 10, 37)

Do you wish people to speak well of you?
  Then do not speak at all yourself.
    [Fr., Voulez-vous qu'on croie du bien de vous?
      N'en dites point.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Pensees (VI, 59)

You follow words of the toga (language of the cultivated class).
  [Lat., Verba togae sequeris.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (5, 14)

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles},
        see Plutarch "Life of Pericles"

You drown him by your talk.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

It is a tiresome way of speaking, when you should despatch the business, to beat about the bush.
  [Lat., Odiosa est oratio, cum rem agas, longinquum loqui.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Mercator
         (III, 4, 23)

He speaks to a dead man (i.e. wastes words).
  [Lat., Verba facit mortuo.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (act IV, 2, 18)

In the pleading of cases nothing pleases so much as brevity.
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (bk. I, 20)

Demosthenes overcame and rendered more distinct his inarticulate and stammering pronunciation by speaking with pebbles in his mouth.
      - Plutarch

Themistocles replied that a man's discourse was like to a rich Persian carpet, the beautiful figures and patterns of which can only be shown by spreading and extending it out; when it is contracted and folded up, they are obscured and lost.
      - Plutarch

Abstruse questions must have abstruse answers.
      - Plutarch, Life of Alexander

Speech is like cloth of Arras opened and put abroad, whereby the imagery doth appear in figure; whereas in thoughts they lie but as packs.
      - Plutarch, Life of Themistocles

In their declamations and speeches they made use of words to veil and muffle their design.
      - Plutarch, On Hearing (V), of the Sophists


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