Speeches

  • In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.


    Persuasion, Rhetoric, Speeches

  • Eloquence is logic on fire


    Eloquence, Oratory, Speeches

  • I fear I cannot make an amusing speech. I have just been reading a book which says that ‘all geniuses are devoid of humour’.


    Speeches

  • Please can we have no more complaints about the pauses in Tony Blair’s speeches. They are the best parts.


    Speeches

  • Ah yes the foreign affairs debate. Dear Anthony will make the speech which dear Anthony always makes so well.


    Speeches

  • I do not object to people looking at their watches while I am making a speech. But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make certain they are still going.


    Speeches

  • Actors use pauses. Mortals use ‘um’.


    Speeches

  • I declare this thing open, whatever it is.


    Speeches

  • Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine git of articulate speech; that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and the Bible and don’t site there crooning like a bilious pigeon.


    Speeches

  • I have to listen to a lot of boring speeches, but I have discovered that there is nothing so boring as not listening to a boring speech.


    Speeches

  • One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.


    Speeches

  • The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.


    Speeches

  • I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.


    Speeches

  • The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.


    Speeches