Ability to speak quotes:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The proof of a high education is the ability to speak about complex matters as simply as possible. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. -- George Lucas
  • The ability to speak well is the shortcut to distinction. -- Dale Carnegie
  • The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly. -- Wendell Berry
  • Art has always had as its test in the long term the ability to speak to our innermost selves. -- Bill Viola
  • At times anger will trigger harsh words. After a cooling the ability to speak from the heart with love and compassion. -- Ana Monnar
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • An important United Nations environmental conference went past 6:00 in the evening when the interpreters' contracted working conditions said they could leave. They left, abandoning the delegates unable to talk to each other in their native languages. The French head of the committee, who had insisted on speaking only in French throughout the week suddenly demonstrated the ability to speak excellent English with English-speaking delegates. -- Daniel Yergin
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • If I lost the ability to speak, what would my life be saying? -- Evinda Lepins
  • At times anger will trigger harsh words. After a cooling period wisdom sets in; finally, the ability to speak from the heart with love and compassion. -- Ana Monnar
  • The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. -- Hans Hofmann
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The God-given ability that you're given to use, it speaks as much about who and what I was and was around, and the crowd of people that I chose to live my life with, as it does about me. -- Curt Schilling
  • A man will treat a woman almost exactly the way he treats his own interior feminine. In fact, he hasn't the ability to see a woman, objectively speaking, until he has made some kind of peace with his interior woman. -- Robert Johnson
  • 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
  • All of my fights are planned. I study my opponents from A to Z. How he walks, how he looks, how he speaks, gestures of the human body, which is a certain language that provides you lots of information if you have the ability to read it. You just need to pay attention to it and gain experience over the years. -- Wladimir Klitschko
  • 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
  • Greatness is always built on this foundation: the ability to appear, speak and act, as the most common man. -- Hafez
  • Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true. -- Salman Rushdie
  • To succeed inside a political party, one must cultivate an ability to sit still and remain polite while foolish people speak nonsense -- Morton Blackwell
  • 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
  • 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