100 Speaking Quotes And Sayings

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to hear a speech, you know how important it is to tailor it to your audience. And, if you’ve never heard a speech, then you should consider yourself lucky. The ability to speak well and effectively is crucial to success and well-being. The following assortment of inspiring and motivational speaking quotes will help inspire your audience and boost your own self-confidence too.

I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm...
I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good. Andrew Solomon
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words. Roy T. Bennett
Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man...
Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speak by something outside himself-like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks. Jean Kerr
Yawns are not the only infectious things out there besides germs. Giggles can spread from person to person. So can blushing. But maybe the most powerful infectious thing is the act of speaking the truth. Vera Nazarian
Those who don't value their words, will never value your...
Those who don't value their words, will never value your wishes. Amit Kalantri
Luz's manner of speaking made it clear that she had...
Luz's manner of speaking made it clear that she had no idea what she might say next. It wasn't that she made things up, strictly speaking--only that facts were merely a point of departure for her. Unknown
Think before you speak. Read before you think.
Think before you speak. Read before you think. Fran Lebowitz
Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks. Roopleen
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. Roy Bennett
My heart is burning a hole in my chest and every time you speak to me, it keeps sinking, and I'm left with nothing but ashes. I wish she were talking to me, because the more she speaks to me, the more my heart flutters like a rising phoenix.- Karen Quan and Jarod Kintz Karen Quan
What you do teaches faster, and has a lasting impression,...
What you do teaches faster, and has a lasting impression, far beyond what you say. T.F. Hodge
I twist and pin my hair at the nape of my neck, and then stand with legs wide. It’s what Nash told me to do before speaking because men, no matter how many times they profess women are equal, prefer to take direction from bodies like theirs. Caroline George
If you can't impress them with your argument, impress them...
If you can't impress them with your argument, impress them with your actions. Amit Kalantri
We call talking about other people’s personal lives ‘gossip’ only if we aren’t or weren’t part of the conversation. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
You can not control the thought, but you can control...
You can not control the thought, but you can control the tongue. Amit Kalantri
If you say something as if it were, that isn't,...
If you say something as if it were, that isn't, is it considered a lie, or speaking it into existence? NZuri Za Austin
We cannot control the way people interpret our ideas or thoughts, but we can control the words and tones we choose to convey them. Peace is built on understanding, and wars are built on misunderstandings. Never underestimate the power of a single word, and never recklessly throw around words. One wrong word, or misinterpreted word, can change the meaning of an entire sentence and start a war. And one right word, or one kind word, can grant you the heavens and open doors. Suzy Kassem
At the time we were all convinced that we had to speak, write, and publish as quickly as possible and as much as possible and that this was necessary for the good of mankind. Thousands of us published and wrote in an effort to teach others, all the while disclaiming and abusing one another. Without taking note of the fact that we knew nothing, that we did not know the answer to the simplest question of life, the question of what is right and what is wrong, we all went on talking without listening to one another. Leo Tolstoy
The written word has its limits and its challenges, for the primal sound in the whole world is that made by the human voice, and the likeness of this human voice must be rendered in dots and strokes... Yet I never forget that the voice, too, is important... Don't mumble or hesitate. Speak...in a loud voice, clearly, and without fear. Jonathan D. Spence
It's easy to waste too many words–and too much energy–on nonsense we don't even care about. What a relief it is to start giving time and energy to what matters most (whatever that is for you). We choose what gets our attention. Why not choose things that are worthy of it? When he chose only to speak about things he absolutely believed, knew to be true, or really cared about, he was delighted by how much less talking he needed to do. . Scott Stabile
The distance between your Dreams and Reality is inversely proportional...
The distance between your Dreams and Reality is inversely proportional to your Efforts. Vineet Raj Kapoor
An excerpt from:“ Hypothetically Speaking”ByAnthony T. Hincks(A book about you and the world — coming soon! ) If I was a savvy person, I would watch, and study mankind in order to find out where his weaknesses lay. Greed, for sure; vanity; mistrust; a tendency towards violence; fanaticism, and many other less than honorable traits and even some honorable ones which could also be used, and capitalized on. Then, once I had found his weaknesses I would act. I and some friends or family, not terms that I would usually use but ones that are more commonly used here on Earth, would start an empire. Months — Years - Millennium Who cares, for time is on my side, not yours! I would sow mistrust; magic; wisdom; knowledge, and start many religions. Why many religions? Because where would the fun be by just having one, when with a whole handful you can sow hatred; do unspeakable acts all in the name of religion. That’s a lot more fun, and, besides which, it suits my purposes. Innovation — Invention — Intelligence All of those things would come, but only at a time of my choosing. Decades would pass and then centuries. Wars would be fought. He against him. He against her. She against him. They against others. I tell you, watching something come to fruition is a hell of a lot of fun. . Anthony T. Hincks
The more you know, the less you talk. The less...
The more you know, the less you talk. The less you talk, the more you know. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things...
To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things you are against or one might believe that you support things you really do not. Germany Kent
Be silent & you are considered on idiot. Be voluble...
Be silent & you are considered on idiot. Be voluble & you are considered a nuisance. The perfect balance between speaking and remaining silent makes you a gentleman! Uma Shanker
Influence is when you don't talk and yet your words...
Influence is when you don't talk and yet your words fill the room when you are absent and yet your presence is felt everywhere. TemitOpe Ibrahim
Thus I spoke, more and more softly; for I was...
Thus I spoke, more and more softly; for I was afraid of my own thoughts and the thoughts behind my thoughts. Friedrich Nietzsche
Some people say they have 20 years experience, when in reality, they have 1 year's experience repeated 20 times. (Stephen M R Covey to Richie Norton when Norton asked if he was too young to train older executives for Covey.) Richie Norton
Speak to me: I will spend my lifetime trying to...
Speak to me: I will spend my lifetime trying to understand you. Kamand Kojouri
Sometimes words I think are small come out big.
Sometimes words I think are small come out big. Corey Ann Haydu
The world is shaped by two things – stories told...
The world is shaped by two things – stories told and the memories they leave behind. Vera Nazarian
When a person pauses in mid-sentence to choose a word, that's the best time to jump in and change the subject! It's like an interception in football! You grab the others guy's idea and run the opposite way with it! The more sentences you complete, the higher your score! The idea is to block the other guy's thoughts and express your own! That's how you win! Conversations aren't contests! Ok, a point for you, but I'm still ahead. Bill Watterson
That speaking the words, even if true, had little power...
That speaking the words, even if true, had little power to change the inevitable or even make him feel much better. Nicholas Sparks
Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And...
Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out. DaShanne Stokes
Then I wondered, what if? What if he kissed me?...
Then I wondered, what if? What if he kissed me? What if he told me I was beautiful? What if he told me he loved me? What would I say in return? Markelle Grabo
When everyone has a microphone, you can't hear anything. Choose one voice carefully and listen in. Richie Norton
Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things. Their language has been lost. But not the gestures. Vera Nazarian
God writes love and speaks poetry. Criss Jami
Silence is the invisibility of talking. I'd take half an argument over half a silence any day. And I'd take peace and quiet over a full-blown argument any other day, unless it's Tuesday. Will Advise
It's good to see the snakes revealing themselves. They weren't actually hidden at all. People hide behind the masks, but eventually you see them for who they truly are. Amaka Imani Nkosazana
Believe God for something today. Prayer is the key to connecting with God and allowing Him to speak to your spirit. Open your heart and free your mind. Amaka Imani Nkosazana
Words have power, and when you speak you give them life. Speak into the atmosphere. Speak into existence what you believe, desire, dream, and hope. Amaka Imani Nkosazana
People should know about us. Girls who write their pain on their bodies. ~Louisa Kathleen Glasgow
We have faith to sit in a chair, and continue to believe in its foundation that holds us up. If we have faith in God, the foundation will hold us both up, so its our decision to take the seat and trust him. Trae R. Miller
Quite often it's not about what is said, but what isn't. And even when it's spoken, read between the lines. Listening with the heart is just as important as hearing with the mind. T.F. Hodge
Always being truthful gives you a certain kind of freedom. It springs forth like a fountain splashing throughout your body until it floods your soul. To be honest and to be trustworthy are great attributes. Ah, the power, Ah, the freedom Amaka Imani Nkosazana
Thinking in loneliness and speaking in public are the two things leaders are masters at. Vikrmn
Wit and puns aren't just decor in the mind; they're essential signs that the mind knows it's on, recognizes its own software, can spot the bugs in its own program. Adam Gopnik
God will not punish you when you speak your mind, because he speaks through you if he truly lives in you. Michael Bassey Johnson
Think about rethinking what you're thinking, before speaking the thought you were thinking, and cause unintended consequences for speaking what you probably shouldn't have been thinking. T.F. Hodge
A moment of truth is very powerful. Instead of smiling to be polite, just frown. Instead of laughing when you are nervous or uncomfortable, just speak your truth. Instead of acting like everything is all right, proclaim it isn't alright, and talk about your feelings! Honor your truth. Honor yourself. Be real. Bryant McGill
Teams that spend a lot of time learning the tricks of the trade will probably never really learn the trade. Yuri Boganov
If you don't know what it is you're looking for you're NEVER going to find it. You have to be clear on what it is you're seeking. Germany Kent
Many things are spoken out loud, but be careful of those words that you whisper to yourself. You have the ability to uplift yourself or condemn yourself. If your thoughts are depressingly running across your mind. You need to make adjustments and change your way of thinking. Amaka Imani Nkosazana
Talking is great, but don't ignore the value of listening. Pay attention to the words being spoken. Some people just love the sound of their own voice. And, when another person speaks, they are only anticipating to compete, challenge, or question what is being said. You can miss out on some important wisdom always running your mouth. Amaka Imani Nkosazana
If you value your words, people will not ask you to make any promises. Amit Kalantri
80There is no greater influence in the lives of your children than the words you speak over them. The blessing of the father is incredibly potent and powerful. Your words give your children potential. As their father, you are prophesying their future! Neil Kennedy
It was always this way: The more people talked, the more they obscured. You didn't need to argue for the truth. You could see it. Max Barry
We can't change the world by shouting, but our words can have meaning if we give them enough respect. Evan Meekins
God, He didn't write the scripts for the puny little players downhere. We wrote them ourselves-with each day we lived, each word we spoke, each thought we etched on our brains. And Momma had written herscript, too. And a sorry one it was. V.C. Andrews
Speak as educated nature suggests to you, and you will do well, but let it be educated and not raw, rude, uncultivated nature. Demosthenes took unbounded pains with his voice, and Cicero, who was naturally weak, made a long journey into Greece to correct his manner of speaking. With far nobler themes, let us not be less ambitious to excel. Charles Haddon Spurgeon
If I knew your thoughts, I would know what you are, for your thoughts make you who you are. By changing our thoughts, we can change our lives. Dale Carnegie
It’s incredible how small the English language gets when you’re trying to make it fix something. Corey Ann Haydu
An imperfect creative expression is much more sensible and creative than a grammatically perfect expression without an iota of sense and value in it. Michael Bassey Johnson
To creative people, the compendium of the white man's dialect are unfashionable, because their creations are more than what the tongue could say. Michael Bassey Johnson
Communication is really a two-way process with listenining being as important as speaking. Enhancing one's listening skills is therefore as important as enhancing one's speaking skills. Vishwas Chavan
Our vocabulary may become a real time algorithmic word bank. Could you imagine having a conversation like that? Where the meaning of words constantly adapts? Natasha Tsakos
I write-down to speak-up. M.K. Asante Jr.
Men of few words are the best men."(3.2.41) William Shakespeare
Who did I think we were.who did I think I could make you.this is the oldest mistake, to confuse wantingwith magic. silence is the undoingof every spell, and we are expertsin the unsaid. even now, I forgetto put us in past tense. as ifthe air in this city were the same.as if love is anything like its speaking. Unknown
She said the words, and then she had a strange moment of seeing them, hanging there over her head. "You're going to vacuum up that squi Kate Dicamillo
It is too sad . I must speak to him- The do you really ?- Sure . How can you expect things to get better , if we do not speak?- Earlier , you talked to Mr. Omochi . Do you feel that things have thus been arranged?- What is certain is that if we do not talk , there is no chance to solve the problem.- What seems more certain is that if we talk, there is serious risk of aggravating the situation. Unknown
Say something to it, he said. As I looked at the baby, I felt nothing taking shape in mind or mouth. I had no idea what the sort of things were that somebody would say to a baby. I had no idea why anyone would say anything to a baby. I held it carefully, as one would a sack of apples. And then, with him watching me, nodding encouragingly, I began to say to it, for lack of anything else to say, all the words I had ever known, in order. Alexandra Kleeman
It is time to put down the pen; time to clear the throat. Speaking is a different thing altogether from writing. The spoken word has different properties, and different powers. If I have learned anything from writing down my own tale, it is this. Dexter Palmer
A thousand words blossomed to her lips and died there, because no amount of speaking could communicate the depths of how he’d affected her. Of how he’d changed her. Katherine McIntyre
He didn't speak much but the little he said kept me busy. Peter Akinti
In many a case, the phrase ‘I’d like to get to know you better’ is a euphemism for ‘I want us to fuck. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
They didn't need the words, if they were willing to be silent long enough to learn to speak without them. Maggie Stiefvater
No words would ever be more powerful than the presence of a friend. Rachel L. Schade
Be the voice of night and Florida in my ear. Use dusky words and dusky images. Darken your speech. Speak, even, as if I did not hear you speaking, But spoke for you perfectly in my thoughts, Conceiving words, As the night conceives the sea-sounds in silence, And out of their droning sibilants makes A serenade. Wallace Stevens
The next time you wish you could find the right words to say to someone who is hurting, just remember that dogs are a man's best friend without ever speaking a word to them. Simply be present and have sympathy. Ashly Lorenzana
It's funny how that works. Sometimes not speaking says more than all the words in the world. Sometimes my silence is saying, I don't know how to speak to you. I don't know what you're thinking. Talk to me. Tell me everything you've ever said. All the words. Starting from your very first one. Colleen Hoover
Anyone that says his mind will be probably regarded a fool, but the true artist is not moved by the comments about the looks of his painting or remarks that are dreadfully sarcastic, but hearken now! That he who says what others want to hear hasn't said anything of his own. Michael Bassey Johnson
With your breath, issue words of a new contract. Become the law creator of a new prosperity. Bryant McGill
Words can express true feelings, true emotions and wisdom. It is up to you to use them wisely... Choose your words carefully and express the peacefully! Israelmore Ayivor
A deaf and dumb in the mist of morons is a renowed talkative among brains. Michael Bassey Johnson
Focus your attention on the quality of your words, and not the quantity, because few sensible talks attracts millions of listeners more than a thousand gibberish. Michael Bassey Johnson
I worked it through with pride, I almost spoke without words, and i'm masterly at speaking without words. All my life I have spoken without words, and I have passed through whole tragedies on my own account without words Fyodor Dostoyevsky
There's nothing worthless about being wordless, it will only save your mouth from talking gibberish. Michael Bassey Johnson
People can go on telling themselves things like “Think before you speak! ” or “You don’t believe that yourself” or “Forget it! ” But they can also say, “Oh, what lovely flowers! ” or “Are you a phone freak or something?” or “Suit yourself, ” or “This record makes me feel so happy! ’ Wonderful! Words are delightful little gifts we exchange like the Easter eggs we paint and hide for others to find and enjoy. I’d forgotten that, but you reminded me of it. Thomas Brussig
We no longer have a sufficiently high estimate of ourselves when we communicate. Our true experiences are not garrulous. They could not communicate themselves if they wanted to: they lack words. We have already grown beyond whatever we have words for. In all talking there lies a grain of contempt. Speech, it seems, was devised only for the average medium, communicable. The speaker has already vulgarized himself by speaking. . Friedrich Nietzsche
I have always been on speaking terms with God, especially now. God and I just had a few weeks of silence. 'Tis over now. Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Speak kindly to and of yourself. Bryant McGill
If I went back to college again, I'd concentrate on two areas learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively. Gerald R. Ford
I tend to avoid people who always have something to say … and those who expect me to always have something to say. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Simply having the courage to say senseless things made me euphoric. I was free, with no need to seek or to give explanations for what I was doing. This freedom lifted me to the heavens - where greater love, one that forgives everything and never allows you to feel abandoned, once again enveloped me. Paulo Coelho
Anything said is gone as soon as it leaves my lips. Things written down at least have a chance to leave a soft echo of what had been. Chris Dietzel
Be a good listener. With rapt attention, let every communication or conversation you have with your mentor, friends or even strangers be well understood. Israelmore Ayivor
Friendship is genuine when two friends can enjoy each others company without speaking a word to one another. George Ebers
Be polite in your speeches. Good information rudely communicated will make no positive difference. Israelmore Ayivor