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[ Also see Babblers Conversation Dentistry Eloquence Gossip Language Loquacity Mouth Oratory Rumor Silence Slander Speech Talk Talking Teeth Voice Words ]

Since word is thrall, and thought is free,
  Keep well thy tongue, I counsel thee.
      - James I of Scotland,
        Ballad of good Counsel,
        quoted by Scott in "Fair Maid of Perth", ch. XXV

By examining the tongue of a patient, physicians find out the diseases of the body, and philosophers the diseases of the mind.
      - Justin (St. Justin Martyr)

The tongue is the vile slave's vilest part.
  [Lat., Lingua mali pars pessima servi.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (IX, 120)

The tongue of man is powerful enough to render the ideas which the human intellect conceives; but in the realm of true and deep sentiments it is but a weak interpreter. These are inexpressible, like the endless glory of the Omnipotent.
      - Louis Kossuth

I should think your tongue has broken its chain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. IV)

The tongue, the ambassador of the heart.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie)

A wound made by an arrow will cicatrize and heal; a forest felded by the axe will spring up again in new growth; but a wound made by the tongue will never heal.
      - Mahabharata

When thou art obliged to speak, be sure to speak the truth; for equivocation is half-way to lying, and lying is the whole way to hell.
      - William Penn

If any man think it a small matter, or of mean concernment, to bridle his tongue, he is much mistaken; for it is a point to be silent when occasion requires, and better than to speak, though never so well.
      - Plutarch

A wound from a tongue is worse than a wound from the sword; the latter affects only the body--the former, the spirit, the soul.
      - Pythagoras

A fool's heart is in his tongue; but a wise man's tongue is in his heart.
      - Francis Quarles

Give not thy tongue too great a liberty, lest it take thee prisoner. A word unspoken is like the sword in the scabbard, thine; if vented, thy sword is in another's hand. If thou desire to be held wise, be so wise as to hold thy tongue.
      - Francis Quarles

It is observed in the course of worldly things, that men's fortunes are oftener made by their tongues than by their virtues; and more men's fortunes overthrown thereby than by vices.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

My tongue's use is to me no more
  Than an unstringed viol or a harp.
      - William Shakespeare

My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.
      - William Shakespeare

The heart's attorney.
      - William Shakespeare

While thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.
      - William Shakespeare

So on the tip of his subduing tongue
  All kinds of arguments and question deep,
    All replication prompt and reason strong,
      For his advantage still did wake and sleep.
        To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep,
          He had the dialect and different skill,
            Catching all passions in his craft of will; . . .
      - William Shakespeare, A Lover's Complaint
         (l. 120)

Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Lavatch at II, iv)

Tongues I'll hang on every tree
  That shall civil sayings show. . . .
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia at III, ii)

I cannot, nor I will not hold me still;
  My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Adriana at IV, ii)

You play the spaniel,
  And think with wagging of your tongue to win me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (King Henry at V, iii)

The language I have learnt these forty years,
  My native English, now I must forgo;
    And now my tongue's use is to me no more
      Than an unstringed viol or a harp,
        Or like a cunning instrument cased up
          Or, being open, put into his hands
            That knows no touch to tune the harmony.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Mowbray at I, iii)

The man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, if with his tongue he cannot win a woman.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Two Gentlemen of Verona

The heart hath treble wrong
  When it is barr'd the aidance of the tongue.
      - William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis

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