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On the Tongue

   The wise man has long ears, big eyes and a short tongue.

                                                     Russian Proverb

   The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.


   Whatever is in the heart will come up to the tongue.

                                                      Persian Proverb

   Good words are like a string of pearls.

                                             Chinese Proverb

   The crying cat catches nothing.

                                         Arabian Proverb

   The cask can only yield the wine it contains.

                                                     Italian Proverb

   We have two ears and one mouth that we may listen the more and 
   talk the less.

                                                      Greek Proverb

   Words are like leaves;  and where they most abound, much fruit of 
   sense beneath is rarely found.

   Wit without discretion is a sword in the hand of a fool.

                                                     Spanish Proverb

   Words are the voice of the heart.


   Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.

   The chameleon, who is said to feed upon nothing but air, has of 
   all animals the nimblest tongue.


   Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice.


   Better be silent than speak ill.

   Better say nothing than nothing to the purpose.

   Those who know much speak little;  those who speak much know 

                                                     Chinese Proverb

   A fool's voice is known by a multitude of words. 

                                                 Eccl. 5:7

   Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.

                                                       Prov. 17:28

   Seeth thou a man that is hasty in his words?  There is more 
   hope of a fool than of him. 
                                                      Prov. 29:20

   Who knows most says least.

   Great boaster, little doer.

   A wholesome tongue is a tree of life;  but perverseness therein 
   is a breach in the spirit. 
                                                        Prov. 15:4

   A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up 

                                                       Prov. 15:1

   The fool shineth no longer than he holdeth his tongue.

   The tongue can no man tame; it is a restless evil --- full of 
   deadly poison.

                                                      James 3:8

   No man ever repented of having held his tongue.

   The tongue is not steel --- yet it cuts.

   How oftentimes is silence the wiseth of replies.

   Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from 
                                                     Prov. 21:23

   Good silence is near holiness.

   A slip of the foot may be soon recovered, but that of the tongue 
   perhaps never.

   There is that speaketh like the piercing of a sword;  but the 
   tongue of the wise is health. 
                                                      Prov. 12:18

   Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.

   He that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

                                               Prov. 17:20

   More have repented of speech than silence.

   The tongue wounds more than a lance.

   Silence is the best reply to the ignorant.

                                                     Persian Proverb

   A great talker is a great liar.

   He who would close another man's mouth should first tie up his 

   He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife.

   A flow of words is no proof of wisdom.

   He who says what he likes, must hear what he does not like.

   Be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.


   A silent man's words are not brought into court.

   He knows much who knows how to hold his tongue.

   A fair face will get its praise, though the owner keep silent.

   The tongue of the just is as choice silver.

                                          Prov. 10:10                

   In the company of strangers silence is safe.

   The froward tongue shall be cut out.

                                   Prov. 10:10

   The tongue talks at the head's cost.

   Thistles and thorns prick sore, but evil tongues prick more.

   Silence is an excellent remedy against slander.

   Silence seldom doth harm.

   In the cause of good be wise, and in a case indifferent, keep 

                                                          M. Tupper

   We ought either to be silent or to speak things that are better 
   than silence.

   The worst wheel of a cart creaks most.

   Silence is less injurious than a bad reply.

   There is a knack of showing we understand the matter, when we hold 
   our peace.

   Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words;  be as 
   one that knoweth and yet holdeth his tongue.

   One man may teach another to speak;  but none can teach another to 
   hold his peace.

   Neither speak well nor ill of yourself.  If well, men will not 
   believe you;  if ill, they will believe a great deal more than you 

   When insolence provoketh, when slander false accuseth,
   When ignorance and prejudice are full of idle talk,
   Let silence be the answer on thy lip and in thy life.

   A man of silence is a man of sense.

   If you don't say it, you'll not have to unsay it.

   He talks much who has least to say.

   A tame tongue is a rare bird.

   Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be like 
   unto him. 
                                                    Prov. 26:4

   Speaking much is a sign of vanity, for he that is lavish in 
   words is niggard in deed. 
                                             Sir W. Raleigh 

   Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and one tongue, to the 
   end that we should hear and see more than we speak. 

   Those who have few affairs to attend to are great speakers.  
   The less men think, the more they talk. 


   Every absurdity has a champion to defend it, for error is 
   always talkative. 


   He loves to hear himself talk, and will speak more in a minute 
   than he will stand to in a month. 

   Be always less willing to speak than to hear; what thou 
   heareth, thou receiveth;  what thou speaketh, thou giveth.  It 
   is more glorious to give, but more profitable to receive. 


   They only babble who practice not reflection.  I shall think; 
   and thought is silence. 


   They always talk who never think, and who have the least to 

   The tongue of a fool is the key of his counsel, which, in a 
   wise man, wisdom hath in keeping. 

   No fool can be silent at a feast. 


   A man that speaks too much, and museth but little, wasteth his 
   mind in words, and is counted a fool among men. 

   The tongue is at the same time, the best part of man, and the 
   worst:  with good government, none is more useful;  without it 
   none is more mischievous. 


   When we advance a little into life, we find that the tongue of 
   man creates nearly all the mischief of the world. 
                                             Paxton Hood

   The cure of an evil tongue must be done at the heart.  The 
   weights and wheels are there, and the clock strikes according 
   to their motion.  A guileful heart makes a guileful tongue and 
   lips.  It is the work-house where is the forge of deceits and 
   slanders;  and the tongue is only the outer shop where they are 
   vended, and the door of it.  Such ware as is made within, such, 
   and no other, can come out. 


   The Chinese have a saying, that an unlucky word dropped from 
   the tongue, cannot be brought back again by a coach and six 


   A wound from the tongue is worse than a wound from a sword; for 
   the latter affects only the body, the former the spirit. 


   The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six 
   feet high. 
                                              Japanese proverb

   A tart temper never mellows with age; and a sharp tongue is the 
   only edged tool that grows keener and sharper with constant 

                                                 Washington Irving

   We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life 
   enables us to disregard them. 

   If wisdom's ways you widely seek, five things observe with 
   care: of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how, and when 
   and where. 

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