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Faculty Of Speech Quotes


"Every man is born with the faculty of reason and the faculty of speech, but why should he be able to speak before he has anything to say?" - Benjamin Whichcote

"What a mysterious faculty is that queen of the faculties!" - Charles Baudelaire

"An aspersion upon my parts of speech!" - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Attitudes are the real figures of speech." - Edwin H Friedman

"Song is the heroics of speech." - Thomas Carlyle

"Yours for the unshackled exercise of every faculty by every human being." - Lydia M Child

"While the faculty of sensation is dependent upon the body, mind is separable from it" - Aristotle

"The imaginative faculty of the soul must be fed with objects immense and eternal." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Life is the faculty of spontaneous activity, the awareness that we have powers." - Immanuel Kant

"The soul of animals is characterized by two faculties, (a) the faculty of discrimination which is the work of thought and sense, and (b) the faculty of originating local movement." - Aristotle

"Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion." - Aristotle

"Speech is of time, silence is of eternity." - Thomas Carlyle

"To experience visually, and to transform our visual experience into plastic terms, requires the faculty of empathy." - Hans Hofmann

"No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The shudder of awe is humanity's highest faculty, Even though this world is forever altering its values." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Bible revelations are not against reason but above reason, for the uses of faith, mans highest faculty." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"In the pursuit of education, individual desire is more influential than institution, and personal faith more forceful than faculty." - Russell M Nelson

"Silence is a form of communication. Speech divides us." - David Malouf

"Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from judgement." - Jackson Pearce

"Does freedom of speech give the right to offend?" - Maajid Nawaz

"These two rational faculties may be designated the Scientific Faculty and the Calculative Faculty respectively; since calculation is the same as deliberation, and deliberation is never exercised about things that are invariable, so that the Calculative Faculty is a separate part of the rational half of the soul." - Aristotle

"Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God." - Noah Webster

"The faculty of self-help is that which distinguished man from animals; that it is the Godlike element, or holds within itself the Godlike element, of his constitution." - J. G. Holland

"The faculty of doubting is rare among men. A few choice spirits carry the germs of it in them, but these do not develop without training." - Anatole France

"What art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern; the distinctive faculty. In the minds of men, the useful has succeeded to the beautiful." - Benjamin Disraeli

"In practice, such trifles as contradictions in principle are easily set aside; the faculty of ignoring them makes the practical man." - Henry Adams

"It is a faculty of the human mind to become what it contemplates, and to act in unison with its object." - Thomas Paine

"Energy is the power that drives every human being. It is not lost by exertion but maintained by it, for it is a faculty of the psyche." - Germaine Greer

"The body moves naturally, automatically, unconsciously, without any personal intervention or awareness. But if we begin to use our faculty of reasoning, our actions become slow and hesitant." - Jaimal Yogis

"Work is my recreation, The play of faculty; a delight like that Which a bird feels in flying, or a fish In darting through the water,-Nothing more." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"I believe in freedom of speech. And I believe that spending on political campaigns is a form of political speech that is protected under the constitution." - Marco Rubio

"It is poverty's speech that seeks us out the most. It is older than the oldest speech of Rome. This is the tragic accent of the scene." - Wallace Stevens

"The poor wish for wealth; animals for the faculty of speech; men wish for heaven; and godly persons for liberation." - Chanakya

"Man is born with the faculty of speech. Who gives it to him? He who gives the bird its song." - Joseph Joubert

"A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart." - Peggy Noonan

"Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer - not even here where we sedulously cultivate it even in its most repulsive form." - Winston Churchill

"The virtue of a faculty is related to the special function which that faculty performs. Now there are three elements in the soul which control action and the attainment of truth: namely, Sensation, Intellect, and Desire. Of these, Sensation never originates action, as is shown by the fact that animals have sensation but are not capable of action." - Aristotle

"Three silences there are: the first of speech, the second of desire, the third of thought." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Particularly the broad masses of the people can be moved only by the power of speech." - Adolf Hitler

"Speak with the speech of the world; think with the thoughts of the few." - John Hay

"Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few." - Cato the Elder

"Muslims (companions) misunderstood the speech of the Prophet on the day of Ghadeer." - Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah

"The cold, increased by the tremendous speed, deprived them of the power of speech." - Jules Verne

"Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"A season of silence is the best preparation for speech with God." - Samuel Chadwick

"Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation." - Benjamin Disraeli

"A dream is always simmering below the conventional surface of speech and reflection." - George Santayana

"Most of us do not use speech to express thought. We use it to express feelings." - Jennifer Stone

"Passions are the speech of our bodies, they are our vitality speaking." - Martha Roth

"Each part of speech a spark awaiting redemption, each a virtue, a power in abeyance...." - Denise Levertov

"Funest philosophers and ponderers, Their evocations are the speech of clouds." - Wallace Stevens

"Swear words and profanities are mere abbreviations of speech, similar to the abbreviations in writing." - Franz Grillparzer

"America is a country where they have freedom of speech but everyone says the same thing." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"I would call the attention of the reader to the difference between "reason" and "reasoning." Reason is a light, reasoning a process. Reason is a faculty, reasoning an exercise of that faculty. Reasoning proceeds from one truth to another by means of argumentation. This generally involves the whole mind in labor and complexity. But reason does not exist merely in order to engage in reasoning. The process is a means to an end. The true fulfillment of reason as a faculty is found when it can embrace the truth simply and without labor in the light of single intuition." - Thomas Merton

"That faculty of beholding at a hint the face of his desire and the shape of his dream, without which the earth would know no lover and no adventurer." - Joseph Conrad

"... let us recall the well-known statement of a university professor in the Republic of the Massagetes: 'Not the faculty but His Excellency the General can properly determine the sum of two and two.'" - Hermann Hesse

"All this creative power of the mind amounts to no more than the faculty of compounding, transposing, augmenting, or diminishing the materials afforded us the by senses and experience." - David Hume

"Nature never deserts the wise and pure; no plot so narrow, be but nature there; no waste so vacant, but may well employ each faculty of sense, and keep the heart awake to love and beauty." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Religion is poison because it asks us to give up our most precious faculty, which is that of reason, and to believe things without evidence. It then asks us to respect this, which it calls faith." - Christopher Hitchens

"I would sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University." - William F Buckley Jr

"The faculty for remembering is not diminished in proportion to what one has learnt, just as little as the number of moulds in which you cast sand lessens its capacity for being cast in new moulds." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"The Imagination that is raised in man (or any other creature imbued with the faculty of imagining) by words, or other voluntary signs, is that we generally call Understanding; and is common to Man and Beasts." - Thomas Hobbes

"If a man of good natural disposition acquires Intelligence [as a whole], then he excels in conduct, and the disposition which previously only resembled Virtue, will now be Virtue in the true sense. Hence just as with the faculty of forming opinions [the calculative faculty] there are two qualities, Cleverness and Prudence, so also in the moral part of the soul there are two qualities, natural virtue and true Virtue; and true Virtue cannot exist without Prudence." - Aristotle

"The form of a work of art, which gives speech to their thoughts and is, therefore, their mode of talking, is always somewhat uncertain, like all kinds of speech." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"In the faculty of speech man excels the brute; but if thou utterest what is improper, the brute is they superior." - Saadi

"Lebanese freedom of speech : You get to say whatever you like as long as the authorities approve of it... Hilarious." - Ziad K. Abdelnour

"As the Swiss inscription says: Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden,- "Speech is silvern, Silence is golden;" or, as I might rather express it, Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity." - John Keats

"Greek is the embodiment of the fluent speech that runs or soars, the speech of a people which could not help giving winged feet toits god of art. Latin is the embodiment of the weighty and concentrated speech which is hammered and pressed and polished into the shape of its perfection, as the ethically minded Romans believed that the soul also should be wrought." - Havelock Ellis

"The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man's knowledge." - Francis Bacon

"Rarely has a people paid the lavish compliment and taken the subtle revenge of turning its oppressor's speech into sorcery." - Bill Vaughan

"My heart is full of many things there are moments when I feel that speech is nothing after all." - Ludwig Van Beethoven

"Does any one suppose that private prayer is necessarily candid-necessarily goes to the roots of action! Private prayer is inaudible speech, and speech is representative: who can represent himself just as he is, even in his own reflections?" - George Eliot

"It is not speech or tool making that distinguishes us from other animals, it is imagination....Of what use are speech sounds and tools without an inspiration toward perfectibility, without a sense that we can create or construct a history." - Louise J Kaplan

"Fill your mouth with marbles and make a speech. Every day reduce the number of marbles in your mouth and make a speech. You will soon become an accredited public speaker - as soon as you have lost all your marbles." - Brooks Hays

"But what is language [langue]? It is not to be confused with human speech [langage], of which it is only a definite part, though certainly an essential one. It is both a social product of the faculty of speech and a collection of necessary conventions that have been adopted by a social body to permit individuals to exercise that faculty." - Ferdinand De Saussure

"Silence sweeter is than speech." - Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

"Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul." - Hannah More

"The strength of this country lies in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights and the freedom of speech and thought." - George Soros

"One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt." - Bergen Evans

"Speech is a faculty given to man to conceal his thoughts." - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." - William O Douglas

"Beyond speech and mind, Into the river of ever-effulgent Light My heart dives. Today thousands of doors, closed for millennia, Are opened wide." - Sri Chinmoy

"Poetry is unfallen speech. Paradise knew no other, for no other would suffice to answer the need of those ecstatic days of innocence." - Abraham Coles

"What we love usually manages to get into our conversation. What is down in the well of the heart will come up in the bucket of the speech." - Vance Havner

"I think the adverb is a much-maligned part of speech. Its always accused of being oppressive, even tyrannical, when in fact its so supple and sly." - Eleanor Catton

"Our speech has its weaknesses and its defects, like all the rest. Most of the occasions for the troubles of the world are grammatical." - Michel De Montaigne

"Truth is his inspirer, and earnestness the polisher of his sentences. He could afford to lose his Sharp's rifles, while he retained his faculty of speech,-a Sharp's rifle of infinitely surer and longer range." - Henry David Thoreau

"God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech." - Quintilian

"UG [universal grammar] may be regarded as a characterization of the genetically determined language faculty. One may think of thisfaculty as a 'language acquisition device,' an innate component of the human mind that yields a particular language through interaction with present experience, a device that converts experience into a system of knowledge attained: knowledge of one or another language." - Noam Chomsky

"Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty, how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes." - Henry Ward Beecher

"What Art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern: the distinctive faculty. In the minds of men the useful has succeeded to the beautiful. Instead of the city of the Violet Crown, a Lancashire village has expanded into a mighty region of factories and warehouses. Yet, rightly understood, Manchester is as great a human exploit; as Athens." - Benjamin Disraeli

"I am not willing to be drawn further into the toils. I cannot accede to the acceptance of gifts upon terms which take the educational policy of the university out of the hands of the Trustees and Faculty and permit it to be determined by those who give money." - Woodrow Wilson

"Rid your body of its impurities, let your speech be true and sweet, feel friendship for the world, and with humility seek wealth and knowledge." - Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

"The substance of the eminent Socialist gentlemen's speech is that making a profit is a sin. It is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss!" - Winston Churchill


"For the average American, freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more." - Gore Vidal

"It was pleasant to talk shop again; to use that elliptical, allusive speech that one uses only with another of one's trade." - Josephine Tey

"Language becomes a prison house only poets can escape...if we do not reject any strict distinctions between ordinary usage and figures of speech." - Arthur Quinn

"I am sure that as soon as speech was invented, efforts to suppress and control it began, and that process of suppression continues unabated." - Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr.

"Nobody black had learned anything from the Letter from the Birmingham Jail or from the I Have a Dream speech. That was a revelation of white people." - Andrew Young

"PLAIN SUPERFICIALITY is the character of a speech, in which any two points being taken, the speaker is found to lie wholly with regard to those two points." - Lewis Carroll

"Trust the man who hesitates in his speech and is quick and steady in action, but beware of long arguments and long beards." - George Santayana

"The whole art of the political speech is to put 'nothing' into it. It is much more difficult than it sounds." - Hilaire Belloc

"Sometimes, a word succeeds beyond the wildest dreams of its creators, like a virus sent into the world to infect common speech." - Jasper Fforde

"I experienced the reality of the spiritual body and learned that it has every faculty of the physical body, though with greater sensitivity and some dimensions added... There will be nothing shocking in the transition, only a continuation of who I am now." - Catherine Marshall

"Any attempt to disturb the deadly routine of instruction is looked upon as sabotage. And the notion that the aims and functions of education should be determined in the local community by a close and continuous discussion among students, faculty, administration, and citizens is so visionary that it is not even seriously considered." - Charles Ferguson

"Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man." - Erich Fromm

"We see many persons talking the most wonderfully fine things about charity and about equality and the rights of other people and all that, but it is only in theory. I was so fortunate as to find one who was able to carry theory into practice. He had the most wonderful faculty of carrying everything into practice which he thought was right." - Swami Vivekananda

"And as to the faculties of the mind, setting aside the arts grounded upon words, and especially that skill of proceeding upon generall, and infallible rules, called Science; which very few have, and but in few things; as being not a native faculty, born within us; nor attained, (as Prudence,) while we look after somewhat else." - Thomas Hobbes

"A liberal education is that which aims to develop faculty without ulterior views of profession or other means of gaining a livelihood. It considers man an end in himself and not an instrument whereby something is to be wrought. Its ideal is human perfection." - John Lancaster Spalding

"The dramatic art would appear to be rather a feminine art; it contains in itself all the artifices which belong to the province ofwoman: the desire to please, facility to express emotions and hide defects, and the faculty of assimilation which is the real essence of woman." - Sarah Bernhardt

"The mind of a generation is its speech. A writer makes aspects of that speech enduring by putting them in print. He whittles at the words and phrases of today and makes of them forms to set the mind of tomorrow's generation. That's history. A writer who writes straight is the architect of history." - John Dos Passos

"The writer, unlike his non-writing adult friend, has no predisposed outlook; he seldom observes deliberately. He sees what he didnot intend to see; he remembers what does not seem wholly possible. Inattentive learner in the schoolroom of life, he keeps some faculty free to veer and wander. His is the roving eye." - Elizabeth Bowen

"Let your speech be true and sweet." - Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

"Speech is great, but silence is greater." - Thomas Carlyle

"Speech is always bolder than action." - Friedrich Schiller

"Honest speech does not seek secret places." - St Jerome

"Reason and speech we onely bring." - George Herbert

"True and false are attributes of speech not of things. And where speech is not, there is neither truth nor falsehood. Error theremay be, as when we expect that which shall not be; or suspect what has not been: but in neither case can a man be charged with untruth." - Thomas Hobbes

"Talent is some one faculty unusually developed; genius commands all the faculties." - Frederic Henry Hedge

"I think Cool Hand Luke was probably the first movie in which I was aware of the writing as its own separate thing. It was that speech when the guy reads Paul Newman the riot act. The speech about going in the box." - Brian Helgeland

"More have repented speech then silence. [More have repented speech than silence.]" - George Herbert

"The poetry of speech." - Lord Byron

"Every scene, even the commonest, is wonderful, if only one can detach oneself, casting off all memory of use and custom, and behold it (as it were) for the first time; in its right, authentic colors; without making comparisons. Cherish and burnish this faculty of seeing crudely, simply, artlessly, ignorantly; of seeing like a baby or a lunatic, who lives each moment by itself and tarnishes by the present no remembrance of the past." - Arnold Bennett

"The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true science. He who knows it not, and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead. We all had this priceless talent when we were young. But as time goes by, many of us lose it. The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement. It is the essence of his being." - Hans Selye

"It is not ignoble to feel that the fuller life which a sad experience has brought us is worth our personal share of pain. The growth of higher feeling within us is like the growth of faculty, bringing with it a sense of added strength. We can no more wish to return to a narrower sympathy than painters or musicians can wish to return to their cruder manner, or philosophers to their less complete formulas." - George Eliot

"Part of what makes a language 'alive' is its constant evolution. I would hate to think Britain would ever emulate France, where they actually have a learned faculty whose job it is to attempt to prevent the incursion of foreign words into the language. I love editing Harry with Arthur Levine, my American editor-the differences between 'British English' (of which there must be at least 200 versions) and 'American English' (ditto!) are a source of constant interest and amusement to me." - J K Rowling

"You must elect your work; you shall take what your brains can, and drop all the rest. Only so can that amount of vital force accumulate which can make the step from knowing to doing. No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. It is a step out of a chalk circle of imbecility into fruitfulness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"But nothing is yet clear on the subject of the intellect and the contemplative faculty. However, it seems to be another kind of soul, and this alone admits of being separated, as that which is eternal from that which is perishable, while it is clear from these remarks that the other parts of the soul are not separable, as some assert them to be, though it is obvious that they are conceptually distinct." - Aristotle

"The interpretations of science do not give us this intimate sense of objects as the interpretations of poetry give it; they appeal to a limited faculty, and not to the whole man. It is not Linnaeus or Cavendish or Cuvier who gives us the true sense of animals, or water, or plants, who seizes their secret for us, who makes us participate in their life; it is Shakspeare [sic] ... Wordsworth ... Keats ... Chateaubriand ... Senancour." - Matthew Arnold

"Let us become thoroughly sensible of the weakness, blindness, and narrow limits of human reason: Let us duly consider its uncertainty and endless contrarieties, even in subjects of common life and practice.... When these topics are displayed in their full light, as they are by some philosophers and almost all divines; who can retain such confidence in this frail faculty of reason as to pay any regard to its determinations in points so sublime, so abstruse, so remote from common life and experience?" - David Hume

"Lady of silences Calm and distressed Torn and most whole Rose of memory Rose of forgetfulness Exhausted and life-giving Worried reposeful The single Rose Is now the Garden Where all loves end Terminate torment Of love unsatisfied The greater torment Of love satisfied End of the endless Journey to no end Conclusion of all that Is inconclusible Speech without word and Word of no speech Grace to the Mother For the Garden Where all love ends." - T S Eliot

"Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals for the most part governed by the impulse of passion. This is a truth well understood by our adversaries who have practised upon it with no small benefit to their cause. For at the very moment they are eulogizing the reason of men & professing to appeal only to that faculty, they are courting the strongest & most active passion of the human heart - VANITY!" - Alexander Hamilton

"It is that faculty by which we discover and enjoy the beautiful, the picturesque, and the sublime in literature, art, and nature; which recognizes a noble thought, as a virtuous mind welcomes a pure sentiment by a involuntary glow of satisfaction. But while the principle of perception is inherent in the soul, it requires a certain amount of knowledge to draw out and direct it." - Robert Aris Willmott

"Freedom of thought and freedom of speech in our great institutions are absolutely necessary for the preservation of our country. The moment either is restricted, liberty begins to wither and die..." - John Peter Altgeld

"ATHEIST is really a thoroughly honest, unambiguous term; it admits of no paltering and of no evasion, and the need of the world, now as ever, is for clear-cut issues and unambiguous speech." - Chapman Cohen

"It's not about contraception. It's about economic liberty, it's about freedom of speech, it's about freedom of religion, it's about government control of your lives and it's got to stop!" - Rick Santorum

"New York Times v. Sullivan was about the suppression of speech in the South [during the 1960s]. Today's version of suppression is just another verse of the same song." - Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr.

"Humans abhor a vacuum. The immediate filling of a vacuum is one of the basic functions of speech. Meaningless conversations are no less important in our lives than meaningful ones." - Lidiya Ginzburg

"The expression of a man's face is commonly a help to his thoughts, or glossary on his speech; but the countenance of Newman Noggs, in his ordinary moods, was a problem which no stretch of ingenuity could solve." - Charles Dickens

"All men are really most attracted by the beauty of plain speech, and they even write in a florid style in imitation of this. Theyprefer to be misunderstood rather than to come short of its exuberance." - Henry David Thoreau

"Confidence, of course is an admirable asset to a golfer, but it should be an unspoken confidence. It is perilous to put it into speech. The gods of golf lie in wait to chasten the presumptious." - P G Wodehouse

"Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from government. Now they come looking for free health care, free education, and a free lunch." - Harry Browne

"What the tender and poetic youth dreams to-day, and conjures up with inarticulate speech, is to-morrow the vociferated result of public opinion, and the day after is the character of nations." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The net effect of Clarence Darrow's great speech yesterday seemed to be precisely the same as if he had bawled it up a rainspout in the interior of Afghanistan." - H L Mencken

"Freedom of speech means nothing to a people who are too weak in their convictions to speak out against the evil that is eating at the heart of the nation like a cancer." - Billy Graham

"The average Southerner has the speech patterns of someone slipping in and out of consciousness. I can change my shoes and socks faster than most people in Mississippi can speak a sentence." - Bill Bryson



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