We had lost the art of communication - but not, alas, the gift of speech.
Gordon Brown 1997
On Labour's 1983 election campaign.
Attlee seemed determined to make a trumpet sound like a train whistle.
Listening to a speech by Neville Chamberlain is like paying a visit to Woolworths; everything in its place and nothing above sixpence.
The object of oratory alone is not truth but persuasion.
A good speech may not always be remembered but a bad speech is never forgotten - or forgiven.
Bernard Weatherill 02/05/1992
There are three golden rules for Parliamentary speakers. Stand up, speak up and shut up.
James Lowther 1919
Having served in eleven Parliaments, it would be difficult to describe this as a maiden speech. It would be like Elizabeth Taylor appearing at her next wedding in a white gown.
Tony Benn 06/03/1984
Speak for England, Arthur.
Leo Amery 02/09/1939
To Arthur Greenwood as he rose to speak in the Commons the day before the outbreak of war.
Making a speech on economics is a bit like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you but never to anyone else.
Ronald Miller: (giving her encouragement before her first speech to a Conservative Party Conference as Party Leader) Piece of Cake, Margaret
Margaret Thatcher: Good heavens! Not now!
Margaret Thatcher 10/1975
When hecklers stand up, I get a mental jump for joy. It gives me something to get my teeth into - and the audiences love it.
Margaret Thatcher 1951