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Ability To Speak Quotes


"The ability to speak well is the shortcut to distinction." - Dale Carnegie

"The ability to speak does not make you intelligent." - George Lucas

"The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly." - Wendell Berry

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." - Hans Hofmann

"The true test of a man's spirituality is not his ability to speak, as we are apt to think, but rather his ability to bridle his tongue." - R. Kent Hughes

"A person is higher than an animal because of his ability to speak, but he is lower than an animal if he cannot properly use this ability." - Leo Tolstoy

"Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true." - Salman Rushdie

"We have three things in common: Irish wives, the ability to speak for 17 minutes without a verb, and the fact that we both speak with an accent." - Henry A Kissinger

"Art has always had as its test in the long term the ability to speak to our innermost selves." - Bill Viola

"The proof of a high education is the ability to speak about complex matters as simply as possible." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Greatness is always built on this foundation: the ability to appear, speak and act, as the most common man." - Hafez

"The Gospel frees us to speak honestly about the reality of pain, confident that nothing is riding on our ability to cope with or fend off suffering." - Tullian Tchividjian

"To succeed inside a political party, one must cultivate an ability to sit still and remain polite while foolish people speak nonsense" - Morton Blackwell

"Gregg Braden is a rare blend of a scientist, visionary, and scholar, with the ability to speak to our minds, while touching the wisdom of our hearts." - Deepak Chopra

"My opinion's no more important than anyone else's. It's just that I have the ability to have access to more ears when I speak because of my job." - Lisa Edelstein

"The ability to speak is a short cut to distinction. It puts a man in the limelight, raises him head and shoulders above the crowd." - Lowell Thomas

"The user in China wants the same thing that any Internet user wants - privacy in conversations, maximum access to information, and the ability to speak their minds online." - Rebecca Mackinnon

"I would love to have the ability to see inside everyone's heart before I heard them speak or even saw their faces." - Nia Long

"Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited." - Shinichi Suzuki

"At times anger will trigger harsh words. After a cooling the ability to speak from the heart with love and compassion." - Ana Monnar

"... is a great troll. It settles in a society, and then eats away silently. Eats more and more freedom, more humanity, more human rights, more ability to speak..." - Ingeborg Refling Hagen

"The man who can speak acceptably is usually given credit for an ability out of all proportion to what he really possesses." - Lowell Thomas

"When I joined WKRC, they were very concerned over my ability to ad lib or speak extemporaneously, which was an unknown factor up until that point." - Waite Hoyt

"Speak truth to power." - Milan Kundera

"Speak Truth to Power." - Anonymous

"By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"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 Ford

"Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I've met people who don't want to try for fear of failing." - J K Rowling

"At its best, cinema does retain a remarkable ability to speak to people of every age, from every background, and in ways that almost any other art form in popular culture struggles to compete with." - David Puttnam

"In my family, in the days prior to television, we liked to while away the evenings by making ourselves miserable, solely based on our ability to speak the language viciously." - David Mamet

"When we speak of choice, what we mean is the ability to exercise control over ourselves and our environment. In order to choose, we must first perceive that control is possible." - Sheena Iyengar

"I had a horrible heart attack and still have symptoms of that sometimes. Then cancer, which is in remission. But the stroke is the hardest thing because I just lost my ability to speak and to write." - Clayton M Christensen

"The ability to fantasize is the ability to survive, and the ability to fantasize is the ability to grow" - Ray Bradbury

"The ability to "fantasize" is the ability to survive. It's wonderful to speak about this subject because there have been so many wrong-headed people dealing with it.... The so-called realists are trying to drive us insane, and I refuse to be driven insane.... We survive by fantasizing. Take that away from us and the whole damned human race goes down the drain." - Ray Bradbury

"I have learned that much of my spiritual progress does not come directly from God, but through my ability to humble myself and hear Him speak through imperfect people." - Francis Frangipane

"I hope I will always have the ability to create art and live in a world where I can speak freely, and I can inspire people. I don't know what form that will take." - Madonna Ciccone

"Dance is the most intimate art, the most unbrainy art, because it is done wholly with the body, which is so limited in its ability to speak anything but the truth." - Joan Acocella

"President Obama said that if he could have any superpower, he'd want the ability to speak any language. That's so everyone in the world could tell him he picked one of the lamest possible superpowers." - Jimmy Fallon

"Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations." - Samuel Ullman

"I feel like I'm losing my ability to understand reality; like when someone loses their hearing, they can still speak English, but their speech eventually becomes distorted because they can't hear themselves." - David Chang

"Certain things happened in the early church. Women who had never had any freedom suddenly have the ability to stand up and speak and be treated as equals within the life of the church." - Tony Campolo

"I generally believe people should be data savvy, and we should teach statistics in high school... and the reason is the world today really revolves around analytics... So the ability to think data, the ability to speak data, to understand the power of data, I think everything citizen on this planet should understand, because it's so powerful." - Sebastian Thrun

"The chief ability of an executive should be his ability to recognize ability." - Evan Esar

"Jamie Keehn, our second Australian punter. Again, you have to learn the language. You just can't speak to those guys. You have to know how to speak Australian. ... Australians have a higher voice. When you just speak regular English, it doesn't quite get across. Of course, we've had experience with our Australians, so we're pretty comfortable with adjusting our dialect so that it fits the ability to communicate." - Les Miles

"A politician must often talk and act before he has thought and read. He may be very ill informed respecting a question: all his notions about it may be vague and inaccurate; but speak he must. And if he is a man of ability, of tact, and of intrepidity, he soon finds that, even under such circumstances, it is possible to speak successfully." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"it is not enough to speak, but to speak truee" - William Shakespeare

"Learn to speak by listening." - Rumi

"Speak out. You've got to speak out against the madness" - Stephen Stills

"The oldest problem in economic education is how to exclude the incompetent. A certain glib mastery of verbiage-the ability to speak portentously and sententiously about the relation of money supply to the price level-is easy for the unlearned and may even be aided by a mildly enfeebled intellect. The requirement that there be ability to master difficult models, including ones for which mathematical competence is required, is a highly useful screening device." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Honesty: The ability to resist small temptations." - John Ciardi

"Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood." - H L Mencken

"Power is the ability to achieve purpose." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have an amazing ability to forget." - Gene Mauch

"Security lies in our ability to produce." - Douglas Macarthur

"Faith is your reaction to God's ability." - Zig Ziglar

"The ability to adapt is everything!" - Denis Waitley

"Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification." - Sigmund Freud

"Happiness is the ability to recognize it." - Carolyn Wells

"Teaching is the ability to inspire learning." - Nick Saban

"Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt." - Nolan Ryan

"Purity is the ability to contemplate defilement." - Simone Weil

"Disability is the inability to see ability." - Vikas Khanna

"Responsibility is the ability to respond." - Lucille Ball

"Worry destroys the ability to write." - Ernest Hemingway

"Power is the ability to make change." - Geneva Overholser

"Intelligence is the ability to solve problems" - Robert Kiyosaki

"Man's ability to delude himself is infinite." - Kinky Friedman

"Ability has nothing to do with opportunity." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Music has the ability to comfort people." - Matthew Morrison

"Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity." - Thor Heyerdahl

"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test." - Elbert Hubbard

"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test." - Lou Holtz

"There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability." - Robert Half

"Life itself, every bit of health that we enjoy, every hour of liberty and free enjoyment, the ability to see, to hear, to speak, to think, and to imagine- all this comes from the hand of God. We show our gratitude by giving back to Him a part of that which He has given to us." - Billy Graham

"From every ancient source, we have testimony to Cleopatra's irresistible charm, as Plutarch has it, to her ability to speak many languages including, as he puts it, the language of flattery and essentially, to be able to turn people to her will - really a great political genius, in that respect." - Stacy Schiff

"Everyone on the Left has a favorite story that allows them to kind of excuse Reagan, explain away Reagan, say he was dumb, but unless we reckon with that kind of emotional intelligence and his ability to kind of speak to the aspirations of the American people, the less liberals are going to be able to understand the soul of his appeal." - Rick Perlstein

"According to Herodotus, the ancient Persians felt that what was necessary in the background of a young man entering adulthood was his ability to ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth. Perhaps we should now grant our college degrees to young men who measure up to that standard." - Jeff Cooper

"For an actor who has the ability to take a chance, which may make him look like a fool, but may end in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow so to speak. So you have to take chances to be a bit dangerous and a bit silly every now and then and playful." - Max Irons

"I am the product of living in dictatorships. And someone who's lived in dictatorships and not being allowed to be themselves, it cherishes the ability to be yourself and to have feelings and to speak them when asked. And I am that person." - Teresa Heinz

"The language that we use now impacts on the ability to vote, it impacts on the marketplace; instead of making things clear, it makes it more confusing. I think we need to stop using neutral language and speak in straighter terms. So when you agree to something, you actually get what you agreed to in the first place." - Josh Homme

"Our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable." - Twyla Tharp

"Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax" - David Allen

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his ability." - Craig Bruce

"To those critics who see capitalism as a system of inegalitarian, oppressive structures, its defenders have vaunted its ability to recognize and encourage what they call individual merit and asserted not only the desirability but also the inevitability of differential reward, of earned privilege, so to speak." - Immanuel Wallerstein

"Most Muslim women know it is fear and curiosity that cause people to stare. They know it is ignorance and stereotypes that cause people to suppose that a piece of material covering the hair strips a woman of the ability to speak English, pursue a career, work a remote control." - Randa Abdel-Fattah

"I think there was a lot of working out the arc of how Manny [Daniel Radcliffe] talks. Scene to scene [in the Swiss army Man], if I would start talking a little too well, they would come in and say like, "Hey, you need to [dial back] your ability to speak" - things like that." - Paul Dano

"While we generally believe in free speech and giving everyone as much ability to speak as possible, in practice there are lots of barriers to that, whether it's legal restrictions, technological restrictions or you can't share what you want if you don't have access to the internet." - Mark Zuckerberg

"This is I think a dramatic point for conservatives. They are waking up to the fact that this guy, that Donald Trump has an ability to speak to people who they thought were theirs ideologically, people who they thought were a part of their team." - Ben Domenech

"Most Muslim women know it is fear and curiosity that cause people to stare. They know it is ignorance and stereotypes that cause people to suppose that a piece of material covering the hair strips a woman of the ability to speak English, pursue a career, work a remote control." - Randa Abdelfattah

"Be swift to hear, slow to speak." - Cleobulus

"Listen to many, speak to a few." - William Shakespeare

"A leader's ability to convey confidence and his ability to communicate effectively are similar." - John C Maxwell

"It's not our ability to get forgiveness that saves us. It's out ability to grant forgiveness." - Jeri Smith-Ready

"Your ability to learn depends partly on your ability to relinquish what you've held." - Milton Hall

"Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over." - Anonymous

"Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn't quite as spectacular." - Lisa Lutz

"My ability to function effectively will not affect my ability to serve as commander-in-chief." - Michele Bachmann

"Response-ability is the ABILITY to choose our response to any circumstance or condition." - Stephen Covey

"Human inventiveness is overwhelming human adaptiveness. Our ability to judge lags behind our ability to create." - Robert E. Ornstein

"Our ability to destroy ourselves is the mirror image of our ability to save ourselves," - Terence Mckenna

"God's ability to clean things up is infinitely greater than our ability to mess things up." - Tullian Tchividjian

"Our ability to manufacture fraud now exceeds our ability to detect it." - Al Pacino

"Thinking is not the ability to manipulate language; it's the ability to manipulate concepts." - Leslie Lamport

"Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love." - Erich Fromm

"Thinking is not the ability to manipulate language; it's the ability to manipulate concepts." - Leslie Lamport

"It is a great ability to be able to conceal one's ability." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention." - Whitney M Young

"Thinking is not the ability to manipulate language; it's the ability to manipulate concepts." - Leslie Lamport

"It requires no small degree of ability to know when to conceal one's ability." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"When you use the word 'filibuster,' most of us in America - and I count myself among them - envision it as the ability to hold the floor on rare occasions to speak at length and make your point emphatically and even delay progress by taking hours." - Jeff Merkley

"When I have an argument with someone, even with someone I am not very close with, I can't sleep at night thinking about it. It's terrible. But I still manage speak out frankly because I have also been gifted with the ability to read people. I can sense when they start to get irritated with me, and then, I shift." - Hans Rosling

"I think, when you see kind of dysfunction among the Democrats of the Republicans, it impacts the whole country: the way we feel about each other, our ability to speak as one. And in this case, I think there are lots of Republicans who are worried about, does Donald Trump really represent conservatism?" - Juan Williams

"I have the unique liberty as part of the Green Party that operates on the same terms. We have the ability to actually speak for everyday Americans. We are not controlled by major donors, by the influence of big banks, by fossil fuel giants, by war profiteers or insurance companies." - Jill Stein

"Many autistic people have this ability to learn weird foreign languages, and I think I've heard of autistic Americans who have been obsessed [with] Icelandic and learned it and speak it fluently, and I've seen it done in interviews on television." - Jon Gnarr

"Sometimes when you make a film you can go away for three months and then come back and live your life. But this struck a much deeper chord. I don't have the ability yet to speak about it in an objective." - Keanu Reeves

"Today was about our lack of ability to not produce the ability we've got." - Sam Allardyce

"The most important survival ability for any life form is the ability to change." - Frank Herbert

"There is great ability in knowing how to conceal one's ability." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts." - Corrie Ten Boom

"It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts." - Corrie Ten Boom

"A nation's ability to fight a modern war is as good as its technological ability." - Frank Whittle

"Speak from the heart to be heard." - William Watson Purkey

"Speak briefly and to the point." - Cato the Younger

"To the valiant actions speak alone." - Tobias Smollett

"Serious numbers will speak to us always." - Paul Simon

"I"ll never speak to God again." - Sylvia Plath

"I'm too tired to speak in English..." - David Ginola

"I write-down to speak-up." - M. K. Asante

"Let your heart speak to others hearts." - Harbhajan Singh Yogi

"Deeds, not words shall speak to me." - John William Fletcher

"Speak politely to an enraged dragon." - J R R Tolkien

"Liberalism doesn't speak to ideals. Radicalism does." - Jeff Sharlet

"Speak but one word to me." - William Morris

"Speak when you are spoken to." - Proverbs

"Speak little and to the purpose." - Proverbs

"I'll never speak to God again." - Sylvia Plath

"Dissents speak to a future age." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"I speak to God every day." - Andrea Bocelli

"Losers must have leave to speak." - Colley Cibber

"I would like to speak 10 languages." - Leon Redbone

"People only speak to get something." - David Mamet

"Always speak politely to an enraged Dragon." - Steven Brust

"Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Speak, speak, speak, & remember that whenever anyone's liberty to speak is denied, your liberty is denied also, & your place is where the attack is.." - Voltairine de Cleyre

"To be an intellectual really means to speak a truth that allows suffering to speak." - Cornel West

"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear." - Henry David Thoreau

"Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening." - Rumi

"Speak to me, Jacob, do not play the tyrant. Speak to me." - Maria McCann

"While it is good to speak well, it is better to speak the truth." - Amy Tan



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