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!)

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