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They only employ words to disguise their thoughts.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, this is Metaphysics.
  [Fr., Quand celui a qui l'on parle ne comprend pas et celui parle ne se comprend pas, c'est de la metaphysique.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Men use thought only to justify their wrong doings, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
  [Fr., Ils ne se servent de la pensee que pour autoriser leurs injustices, et emploient les paroles que pour deguiser leurs pensees.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Dialogue XIV--Le Chapon et al Poularde

We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.
  [Fr., Il faut distinguer entre parler pour tromper et se taire pour etre impenetrable.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Essai sur les Moeurs (ch. CLXIII)

The speech of the tongue is best known to men; God best understands the language of the heart.
      - Arthur Warwick

Nobody has a right to speak more clearly than he thinks.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

Nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.
      - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Choice word and measured phrase, above the reach
  Of ordinary men.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Resolution and Independence (st. 14)

Where nature's end of language is declined,
  And men talk only to conceal the mind.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire II, l. 207)


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