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LOQUACITY
[ Also see Bores Dullness Eloquence Language Noise Oratory Rhetoric Silence Speech Talk Talking Tongue Words ]

I know a lady that loves to talk so incessantly, she won't give an echo fair play; she has that everlasting rotation of tongue that an echo must wait till she dies before it can catch her last words!
      - William Congreve

The language of women should be luminous, but not voluminous.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Foxes are all tail, and women all tongue.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

Those who have few affairs to attend to are great speakers. The less men think, the more they talk.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Woman's tongue is her weapon, her sword, which she never permits to rest or rust.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

They always talk who never think, and who have the least to say.
      - Matthew Prior

Speaking much is a sign of vanity, for he that is lavish with words is a niggard in deed.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Women speak at an earlier age, more easily, and more agreeably than men; they are accused also of speaking more; this is as it should be, and I willingly change the reproach into a eulogy.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in Venice: but his reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you seek all day ere you find them; and when you have them, they are not worth the search.
      - William Shakespeare

He draweth out the thread of big verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.
      - William Shakespeare

Many a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing.
      - William Shakespeare

You shall never take her without her answer, unless you take her without her tongue.
      - William Shakespeare

The tongue of a fool is the key of his counsel, which, in a wise man, wisdom hath in keeping.
      - Socrates

Surely in much talk there cannot choose but be much vanity. Loquacity is the fistula of the mind,--ever-running and almost incurable, let every man, therefore, be a Phocion or Pythagorean, to speak briefly to the point or not at all; let him labor like them of Crete, to show more wit in his discourse than words, and not to pour out of his mouth a flood of the one, when he can hardly wring out of his brains a drop of the other.
      - Herbert Spencer

Common fluency of speech in many men and most women is owing to a scarcity of matter.
      - Jonathan Swift


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