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Fair speech may hide a foul heart. - JRR Tolkien

Speech is silver; silence is golden. - Thomas Carlyle

A riot is the language of the unheard. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

I speak two languages, English and Body. - Mae West

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Thomas Carlyle

A story is told as much by silence as by speech. - Susan Griffin

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. - Martin Fraquhar Tupper

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. - Rita Mae Brown

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. - Robert Benchley

A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech. - Plutarch

Quota: Someone who likes to report other people's speech - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can. - Will Rogers

You don't have good grammar when you type with your fists. - C.F. Payne

You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi. - Humphrey Bogart

Retire? I can't spell the word. I'd play in a wheelchair. - Keith Richards

England and America are two countries separated by a common language. - George Bernard Shaw

If you're a good numbers person, you're a bad language person. - Frank Luntz

The English are not an inventive people; they don't eat enough pie. - Thomas Edison

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together. - Max Eastman

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power. - Joan Didion

There are ways of singing in English that are not just the same as in French. - Coeur de Pirate

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. - Thomas Carlyle

I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I'm English. - Daniel Radcliffe

The language of the law must not be foreign to the ears of those who are to obey it. - Learned hand

We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. - Oscar Wilde

Speak when you're angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret. - L.J. Peter

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. - Jimmy Durante

The funniest line in English is "Get it?" When you say that, everyone chortles. - Garrison Keillor

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer. - Marshall Lumsden

Sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in. - Jane Austen

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence. - Aeschylus

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. - Oscar Wilde

Although he tortures the English language, he has not yet succeeded in forcing it to reveal its meaning. - J B Morton

Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece - just different elements of belonging and not-belonging. - Jhumpa Lahiri

Morals are an acquirement - like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis - no man is born with them. - Mark Twain

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless. - Unknown

Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else. - C S Lewis

Music is a language that doesn't speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it's in the bones, it's in the bones. - Keith Richards

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. - Bertrand Russell


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