Commencement oratory must eschew anything that smacks

Commencement oratory must eschew anything that smacks of partisan politics, political preference, sex, religion or unduly firm opinion.  Nonetheless, there must be a speech: Speeches in our culture are the vacuum that fills a vacuum.  ~John Kenneth Galbraith

A speech is poetry cadence rhythm imagery

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

When a sermon at length comes to

When a sermon at length comes to an end, people rise and praise God, and they feel the same way after many other speeches.  ~John Andrew Holmes

But i never could make a good

But I… never was happy, never could make a good impromptu speech without several hours to prepare it.  ~Mark Twain, 1879 speechquoteinvestigator.com/2010/06/09/twain-speech (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)