Sermon quotes on speech

Matt Chandler

Immaturity talks when it should listen, and is silent when it should speak.


Winston S. Churchill

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

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Francis of Assisi

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.


Soren Kierkegaard

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.


Martin Luther

If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself


Brennan Manning

Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.

Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging


John Milton

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.



Mother Theresa

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.




Peggy Noonan

A great speech is literature.

Eugene Peterson

We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and they end up using us.


Robert Louis Stevenson

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.


John Stott

Our claim is that God has revealed Himself by speaking; that this divine (or God-breathed) speech has been written down and preserved in Scripture; and that Scripture is, in fact, God’s Word written, which therefore is true and reliable and has divine authority over men.


J.R.R. Tolkien

Fair speech may hide a foul heart.

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)


Mark Twain

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.


A.W. Tozer

God is not silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second person of the Holy Trinity is called “The Word.” The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God’s continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind.

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