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Talking Quotes


These are some of the best 'Talking' quotations and sayings.

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A civil guest will no more talk all, than eat all the feast.

A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage. People may be amused at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought out against him upon some subsequent occasion.

As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabbers.

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so it is of small wits to talk much and say nothing.

Brisk talkers are usually slow thinkers. There is, indeed, no wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate. If you are civil to the voluble they will abuse your patience; if brusque, your character.

Cautiously avoid speaking of the domestic affairs either of yourself, or of other people. - Yours are nothing to them but tedious gossip; and theirs are nothing to you.

Does a man speak foolishly? - suffer him gladly, for you are wise. Does he speak erroneously? - stop such a man's mouth with sound words that cannot be gainsaid. Does he speak truly? - rejoice in the truth.

Don't talk too much or too soon.

Great knowledge, if it be without vanity, is the most severe bridle of the tongue. For so have I heard, that all the noises and prating of the pool, the croaking of frogs and toads, are hushed and appeased upon the bringing upon them the light of a candle or torch. Every beam of reason and ray of knowledge checks the dissolution of the tongue.

Great talkers are like leaky vessels; everything runs out of them.

He that cannot refrain from much speaking is like a city without walls; therefore if thou observest this rule in all assemblies thou shalt seldom err; restrain thy choler, hearken much, and speak little, for the tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and greatest evil that is done in the world.

I know a lady that loves talking so incessantly, she won't give an echo fair play; she has that everlasting rotation of tongue that an echo must wait till she dies before it can catch her last words!

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

If you light upon an impertinent talker, that sticks to you like a burr, deal freely with him, break off the discourse, and pursue your business.

It has been said in praise of some men, that they could talk whole hours together upon anything; but it must be owned to the honor of the other sex, that there are many among them who can talk whole hours together upon nothing.

It has been well observed, that the tongue discovers the state of the mind no less than that of the body; but, in either case, before the philosopher or the physician can judge, the patient must open his mouth.

It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor judgment to hold their tongues.

Let your words be few, especially when your betters, or strangers, or men of more experience, or understanding, are in the place, for in so doing you do yourself at once two great mischiefs: first, you betray, and discover your own weakness and folly; and next, you rob yourself of that opportunity which you might otherwise have to gain wisdom and experience, by hearing those that you silence by your impertinent talking.

Many a man's tongue shakes out its master's undoing.

Never hold any one by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.


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