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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 ]

The tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and the greatest evil that is done in the world.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

A talkative person runs himself upon great inconvenience by blabbing out his own and others' secrets.
      - John Ray (Wray)

Consider, I'm a peer of the realm, and I shall die if I don't talk.
      - Frederic Reynolds

Long talking begets short hearing, for people go away.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Length of saying makes languor of hearing.
      - Joseph Roux

Alas for the folly of the loquacious!
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

They who are great talkers in company have never been any talkers by themselves, nor used to private discussions of our home regimen.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Fie, fie, how frantically I square my talk!
      - William Shakespeare

He gives the bastinado with his tongue;
  Our ears are cudgell'd; not a word of his,
    But buffets better than a fist of France:
      Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words,
        Since I first called my brother's father, dad.
      - William Shakespeare

I prythee, take the cork out of thy mouth that I may drink thy tidings.
      - William Shakespeare

Men of few words are the best men.
      - William Shakespeare

Things are often spoke and seldom meant.
      - William Shakespeare

Think you a little din can daunt mine ears? Have I not in my time heard lions roar? * * * Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, and heaven's artillery thunder in the skies? * * * And do you tell me of a woman's tongue, that gives not half so great a blow to hear as will a chestnut in a farmer's fire?
      - William Shakespeare

What a spendthrift he is of his tongue!
      - William Shakespeare

Why, what a wasp-tongued and impatient fool
  Art thou, to break into this woman's mood;
    Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own!
      - William Shakespeare

A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself talk and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at II, iv)

People who have nothing to say are never at a loss in talking.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The vanity of shining in conversation is usually subversive of its own desires.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

It is not of so much consequence what you say, as how you say it.
      - Alexander Smith

There is the same difference between their tongues as between the hour and the minute-hand; one goes ten times as fast, and the other signifies ten times as much.
      - Sydney Smith

In great families, some one false, paltry, tale-bearer, by carrying stories from one to another, shall inflame the minds and discompose the quiet of the whole family.
      - Bishop Robert South

This great author (Horace), who had the nicest taste of conversation, and was himself a most agreeable companion, had so strong an antipathy to a great talker, that he was afraid, some time or other, it would be mortal to him.
      - Sir Richard Steele

A good talker, even more than a good orator, implies a good audience.
      - Sir Leslie Stephen

There is such a torture, happily unknown to ancient tyranny, as talking a man to death. Marcus Aurelius advises to assent readily to great talkers--in hopes, I suppose, to put an end to the argument.
      - Laurence Sterne

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