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[ Also see Argument Assertions Babblers Controversy Conversation Discussion Eloquence Gossip Language Loquacity Oratory Repartee Rhetoric Rumor Silence Speech Story Telling Talk Tattling Tongue ]

Though we have two eyes, we are supplied with but one tongue. Draw your own moral.
      - Alphonse Kerr

I never made a dime talking.
      - Sebastian Spering Kresge,
        only words at a 1953 speech at Harvard University

It is a sad thing when men have neither wit to speak well nor judgment to hold their tongues.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

We seldom repent talking little, but very often talking too much.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

We oftener say things because we can say them well than because they are sound and reasonable.
      - Walter Savage Landor

We speak little if not egged on by vanity.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Evil tongues never want a whet.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage

The pleasure of talking is the inextinguishable passion of woman, coeval with the act of breathing.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage

Much tongue and much judgment seldom go together.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

He must be little skilled in the world who thinks that men's talking much or little shall hold proportion only to their knowledge.
      - John Locke (1)

Talking, is a digestive process which is absolutely essential to the mental constitution of the man who devours many books.
      - William Matthews

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)

A wise man reflects before he speaks; a fool speaks, and then reflects on what he has uttered.
      - Old French Saying

I cannot tell thee, hour by hour,
  That I adore thee dearly;
    I cannot talk of passion's power--
      But oh! I feel sincerely!
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

No great talker ever did any great thing yet, in this world.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

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

If you light upon an impertinent talker, that sticks to you like a bur, to the disappointment of your important occasions, deal freely with him, break off the discourse, and pursue your business.
      - Plutarch

Nor is drunkenness censured for anything so much as its intemperate and endless talk.
      - Plutarch

Philosophy finds talkativeness a disease very difficult and hard to cure. For its remedy, conversation, requires hearers: but talkative people hear nobody, for they are ever prating. And the first evil this inability to keep silence produces is an inability to listen.
      - Plutarch

The talkative listen to no one, for they are ever speaking. And the first evil that attends those who know not to be silent is that they hear nothing.
      - Plutarch

Our intonations contain our philosophy of life, what each of us is constantly telling himself about things.
      - Marcel Proust

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

If thy words be too luxuriant, confine them, lest they confine thee; he that thinks he never can speak enough may easily speak too much. A full tongue and an empty brain are seldom parted.
      - Francis Quarles

Less pains in the world a man cannot take than to bold his tongue.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

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