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If speech is silver, patience is gold.
African proverb

You know that it has not been my custom, since I started on the route to Washington, to
make long speeches; I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at
least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who
cannot.
Abraham Lincoln

If speech is worth a shilling, silence is worth a pound.
Jamaican proverb

Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are
cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of
the citizen.
George Orwell

There's nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.
Mark Twain

A fool's speech is a bubble of air.
English proverb

I gave a speech in Omaha. After the speech I went to a reception elsewhere in town. A
sweet old lady came up to me, put her gloved hand in mine, and said, "I hear you spoke here
tonight." "Oh, it was nothing," I replied modestly. "Yes," the little old lady nodded, "that's
what I heard."
Gerald R. Ford

Honeyed speech often conceals poison and gall.
Danish proverb

Within a few years a simple and inexpensive device, readily carried about, will enable one
to receive on land or sea the principal news, to hear a speech, a lecture, a song or play of a
musical instrument, conveyed from any other region of the globe.
Nikola Tesla

I would not wish to live in a world where I could not express my honest opinions. Men who
deny to others the right of speech are not fit to live with honest men.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Speech is pulling a straw out of thatch - once out it cannot be replaced.
African proverb

A word in earnest is as good as a speech.
Charles Dickens

In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon
four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in
the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -
everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms,
means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for
its inhabitants - everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated
into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a
thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression
against any neighbor - anywhere in the world.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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