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TALKING
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She stammers; oh, what grace in lisping lies!
      - John Dryden

This I always religiously observed, as a rule, never to chide my husband before company nor to prattle abroad of miscarriages at home. What passes between two people is much easier made up than when once it has taken air.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Who talks much, must talk in vain.
      - John Gay

The voice of life in me cannot reach the ear of life in you; but let us talk that we may not feel lonely.
      - Kahlil Gibran

Error is always talkative.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Let your words be few and digested; it is a shame for the tongue to cry the heart mercy, much more to cast itself upon the uncertain pardon of other's ears.
      - Joseph Hall

The ear and the eye are the mind's receivers; but the tongue is only busy in expending the treasures received. It, therefore, the revenues of the mind be uttered as fast or faster than they are received, it must needs be bare, and can never lay up for purchase.
      - Joseph Hall

To talk without effort is, after all, the great charm of talking.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

A person who talks with equal vivacity on every subject excites no interest in any.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We talk little if we do not talk about ourselves.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibrations as in twanging them to bring out their music.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Talking is one of the fine arts--the noblest, the most important, the most difficult--and its fluent harmonies may be spoiled by the intrusion of a single harsh note.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

To hear him (Emerson) talk was like watching one crossing a brook on stepping-stones. His noun had to wait for its verb or its adjective until he was ready; then his speech would come down upon the word he wanted, and not Worcester nor Webster could better it from all the wealth of their huge vocabularies.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman; for, talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in woman?
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Writing or printing is like shooting with a rifle; you may hit your reader's mind, or miss it--but talking is like playing at a mark with the pipe of an engine; if it is within reach, and you have time enough, you can't help hitting it.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

The man who talks everlastingly and promiscuously, who seems to have an exhaustless magazine of sound, crowds so many words into his thoughts that he always obscures, and very frequently conceals them.
      - Washington Irving

Talk without truth is the hollow brass; talk without love is like the tinkling cymbal, and when it does not tinkle it jingles, and when it does not jingle, it jars.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

A man who always talks for fame never can be pleasing. The man who talks to unburthen his mind is the man to delight you.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Depend on it, if a man talks of his misfortunes, there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery, there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Those whose tongues are gentlemen ushers to their wit, and still go before it.
      - Ben Jonson

Whom the disease of talking still once possesseth, he can never hold his peace. Nay, rather than he will not discourse he will hire men to hear him.
      - Ben Jonson

Drawing is speaking to the eye, talking is painting to the ear.
      - Joseph Joubert

Though we have two eyes, we are supplied with but one tongue. Draw your own moral.
      - Alphonse Karr (Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr)


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