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    speech Quotes

    The internet's like one big bathroom wall with a lot of people who anonymously can say really mean things. It's fine, I believe in freedom of speech and I think people should think what they want, but I don't care to hear it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    Lebanese freedom of speech : You get to say whatever you like as long as the authorities approve of it... Hilarious.
    — Ziad K. Abdelnour
    Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
    — Zhuangzi
    tags: speech  wisdom 
    It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
    — Zell Miller
    tags: freedom  speech  poet 
    Speech should be fruitful as well as free.
    — Zechariah Chafee
    tags: speech 
    After all, if freedom of speech means anything, it means a willingness to stand and let people say things with which we disagree, and which do weary us considerably.
    — Zechariah Chafee
    tags: people  freedom  speech 
    Music is an opportunity to say every single thing that you want to say. People will pore over whatever you say and however you say it and, for me, it represents complete freedom of speech.
    — Zachary Cole Smith
    Searching for the Truth through words and speech is like sticking your head in a bowl of glue.
    — Yuanwu Keqin
    tags: truth  searching  speech 
    Some people in China don't look at freedom of speech as an abstract ideal, but more as a means to an end.
    — Yiyun Li
    tags: people  freedom  speech 
    We stand for free speech. This means we are not going to ban distasteful subreddits. We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it.
    — Yishan Wong
    tags: speech 
    When there is freedom of speech, I've found that the majority of people really have nothing to say.
    — Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    Not being able to read and write music is not the same as being illiterate in speech and writing.
    — Yanni
    tags: speech  music  writing  write  read 
    I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
    — Xenocrates
    tags: silence  speech 
    All politicians have three ways of expressing themselves - the intimate dialogue that can often be violent and raw, then the dialogue in front of the camera and then big public speeches.
    — Xavier Durringer
    tags: speech  violent 
    I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    Wilson was once asked how long it took him to write a speech. He answered, 'That depends. If I am to speak 10 minutes, I need a week for preparation. If 15 minutes, 3 days. If half hour, two days. If an hour, I am ready now.'
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: speech  write 
    The greatest and truest models for all oratorsis Demosthenes. One who has not studied deeply and constantly all the great speeches of the great Athenian, is not prepared to speak in public. Only as the constant companion of Demosthenes, Burke, Fox, Canning and Webster, can we hope to become orators.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: companion  speech  hope 
    I cannot write in verse, for I am no poet. I cannot arrange the parts of speech with such art as to produce effects of light and shade, for I am no painter. Even by signs and gestures I cannot express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer. But I can do so by means of sounds, for I am a musician.
    — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    tags: thoughts  speech  write  poet 
    They say the first sentence in any speech is always the hardest. Well, that one's behind me, anyway.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: speech 
    I am sorry to say that sometimes matters of very small importance waste a good deal of precious time, by the long and repeated speeches and chicanery of gentlemen who will not wholly throw off the lawyer even in Congress.
    — William Whipple
    tags: time  speech  congress  sorry 
    A speech is like an airplane engine. It may sound like hell but you've got to go on.
    — William T. Piper
    tags: hell  speech 
    A speech is something you say so as to distract attention from what you do not say.
    — William Stafford
    tags: attention  speech 
    Writing an acceptance speech gives you the expectation of winning, and you are therefore devastated or hurt if you didn't win.
    — William Shatner
    Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
    — William Safire
    tags: care  speech  ignorance 
    As it can be maintained that all the great advances have come from men under forty, so the history of the world shows that a very large proportion of the evils may be traced to the sexagenarians, nearly all the great mistakes politically and socially, all of the worst poems, most of the bad pictures, a majority of the bad novels and not a few of the bad sermons and speeches.
    — William Osler
    tags: evil  men  world  mistakes  bad  speech  novel  poem  majority 
    Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
    — William Osler
    tags: thoughts  speech  wise 
    The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.
    — William O. Douglas
    When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional right to free speech, it acts lawlessly; and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: law  right  speech  exercise 
    Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
    — William O. Douglas
    A function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it invites a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger. Speech is often provocative and challenging. It may strike at prejudices and preconceptions and have profound unsettling effects as it passes for acceptance of an idea.
    — William O. Douglas
    The most important aspect of freedom of speech is freedom to learn. All education is a continuous dialogue - questions and answers that pursue every problem on the horizon. That is the essence of academic freedom.
    — William O. Douglas
    Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience (in this case, the judge or the jury) that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: speech 
    No matter what the legislature may say, a man has the right to make his speech, print his handbill, compose his newspaper, and deliver his sermon without asking anyone's permission. The contrary suggestion is abhorrent to our traditions.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: men  right  speech 
    Motion pictures are of course a different medium of expression than the public speech, the radio, the stage, the novel, or the magazine. But the First Amendment draws no distinction between the various methods of communicating ideas.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: speech  media  novel  ideas 
    The First and Fourteenth Amendments say that Congress and the States shall make "no law" which abridges freedom of speech or of the press. In order to sanction a system of censorship I would have to say that "no law" does not mean what it says, that "no law" is qualified to mean "some" laws. I cannot take this step.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: freedom  law  speech  congress 
    Woman dwell always in the palace of unpalatable truth and never by any chance is there a magic talisman to save them from their destiny. Speech is their ultimate need. We men exist for them only in so far as we can be described.
    — William McFee
    tags: chance  truth  men  women  magic  speech 
    He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy. You've got to release six, eight, ten years back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two. He has to give a big speech in defense of capitalism, and that will elevate, I think, this race above this tactical back and forth, which I do think he's on the margin of losing.
    — William Kristol
    Kindness is goodness hidden in the heartMore often than declared in speech.
    — William Kean Seymour
    Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.
    — William Jennings Bryan
    tags: heart  speech 
    The government being the peoples business, it necessarily follows that its operations should be at all times open to the public view. Publicity is therefore as essential to honest administration as freedom of speech is to representative government. Equal rights to all and special privileges to none is the maxim which should control in all departments of government.
    — William Jennings Bryan
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