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[ Also see Argument Conversation Discussion Eloquence Gossip Language Loquacity Oratory Scandal Silence Slander Speech Talking Tongue Voice Words ]

We women talk too much, but even then we don't tell half what we know.
      - Nancy Astor

It would talk;
  Lord, how it talked!
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Scornful Lady (act IV, sc. 1)

Whose talk is of bullocks.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XXXVIII, v. 25)

But still his tongue ran on, the less
  Of weight it bore, with greater ease.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto II, l. 443)

With vollies of eternal babble.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto II, l. 453)

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
  "To talk of many things:
    Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
      Of cabbages--and kings--
        And why the sea is boiling hot--
          And whether pigs have wings."
      - Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles L. Dodgson),
        Through the Looking Glass (ch. IV)

Persuasion tips his tongue whene'er he talks.
      - Colley Cibber, Parody of Pope's lines

Words learn'd by rote a parrot may rehearse,
  But talking is not always to converse,
    Not more distinct from harmony divine
      The constant creaking of a country sign.
      - William Cowper, Conversation (l. 7)

But far more numerous was the herd of such,
  Who think too little, and who talk too much.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 533)

You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.
      - Duke Ellington

My tongue within my lips I rein:
  For who talks much must talk in vain.
      - John Gay, Introduction to the Fables
         (pt. I, l. 57)

He who talks much cannot always talk well.
  [It., Chi parla troppo non puo parlar sempre bene.]
      - Carlo Goldoni, Pamela (I, 6)

Stop not, unthinking, every friend you meet
  To spin your wordy fabric in the street;
    While you are emptying your colloquial pack,
      The fiend Lumbago jumps upon his back.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Urania--A Rhymed Lesson, l. 439

No season now for calm, familiar talk.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXII, l. 169), (Pope's translation)

Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

Talk to him of Jacob's ladder, and he would ask the number of the steps.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        A Matter-of-Fact Man

All discourses but my own afflict me; they seem harsh, impertinent, and irksome.
      - Ben Jonson

And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south
  With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth;
    Four things greater than all things are--
      Women and Horses and Power and War.
      - Rudyard Kipling, Ballad of the King's Jest

Then he will talk--good gods, how he will talk!
      - Nathaniel Lee, Alexander the Great
         (act I, sc. 1)

In general those who nothing have to say
  Contrive to spend the longest time in doing it.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        To Charles Eliot Norton

Oft has it been my lot to mark
  A proud, conceited, talking spark.
      - James Merrick, The Chameleon

Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.
      - Wilson Mizner

His talk was like a stream which runs
  With rapid change from rock to roses;
    It slipped from politics to puns;
      It passed from Mahomet to Moses;
        Beginning with the laws that keep
          The planets in the radiant courses,
            And ending with some precept deep
              For dressing eels or shoeing horses.
      - Winthrop Mackworth Praed, The Vicar

They never taste who always drink;
  They always talk who never think.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Upon a Passage in the Scaligerana

I prithee take the cork out of thy mouth, that I may drink thy tidings.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at III, ii)

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