An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people's minds.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


Be brief, for no talk can please when too long. Being prepared is half the victory.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


No man ever listened himself out of a job.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Well, well, perhaps I am a bit of a talker. A popular fellow such as I am -- my friends get round me -- we chaff, we sparkle, we tell witty stories -- and somehow my tongue gets wagging. I have the gift of conversation. I've been told I ought to have a salon, whatever that may be.


Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932, British writer)


We never say so much as when we do not quite know what we want to say. We need few words when we have something to say, but all the words in all the dictionaries will not suffice when we have nothing to say and want desperately to say it.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


How ironical that it is by means of speech that man can degrade himself below the level of dumb creation -- for a chatterbox is truly of a lower category than a dumb creature.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


One can say too much even on the best of subjects.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


My great-grandfather used to say to his wife, my great-grandmother, who in turn told her daughter, my grandmother, who repeated it to her daughter, my mother, who used to remind her daughter, my own sister, that to talk well and eloquently was a very great art, but that an equally great one was to know the right moment to stop.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791, Austrian composer)


I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.


Florence Nightingale (1820-1910, British nurse)


They never taste who always drink; they always talk who never think.


Matthew Prior (1664-1721, British diplomat, poet)


He who talks continuously, talks nonsense.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Loose lips sink ships.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


If you speak too much, you will learn too little.


Armenian Proverb


To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


One timely shout is better than constant talk.


Mexican Proverb (Sayings of Mexican origin)


If you keep on talking, you will end up saying what you didn't intend to say.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


The more you know the less you need to say.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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The tongue is like a sharp knife: it kills without drawing blood.


Anne Seaton


A good old man, sir. He will be talking. As they say, when the age is in, the wit is out.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


I don't mind how much my ministers talk -- as long as they do what I say.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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