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The wise man has long ears, big eyes and a short tongue. Russian Proverb The empty vessel makes the greatest sound. Shakespeare 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. Pope Wit without discretion is a sword in the hand of a fool. Spanish Proverb Words are the voice of the heart. Confucius 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. Swift Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice. Shakespeare 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 little. 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 anger. 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 troubles. 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 own. 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. Shakespeare 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 silence. 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 say. 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. Socrates Those who have few affairs to attend to are great speakers. The less men think, the more they talk. Montesquieu Every absurdity has a champion to defend it, for error is always talkative. Goldsmith He loves to hear himself talk, and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month. Shakespeare 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. Quarles They only babble who practice not reflection. I shall think; and thought is silence. Sheridan They always talk who never think, and who have the least to say. Prior The tongue of a fool is the key of his counsel, which, in a wise man, wisdom hath in keeping. Socrates No fool can be silent at a feast. Solon A man that speaks too much, and museth but little, wasteth his mind in words, and is counted a fool among men. Tupper 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. Anarcharsis 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. Leighton The Chinese have a saying, that an unlucky word dropped from the tongue, cannot be brought back again by a coach and six horses. Goldsmith A wound from the tongue is worse than a wound from a sword; for the latter affects only the body, the former the spirit. Pythagoras 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 use. Washington Irving We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them. Cato 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.